Latest developments in officer-involved shooting, protests in Charlotte

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10:47 Wednesday -- City of Charlotte makes correction via Twitter saying, "Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased."

10:21 Wednesday -- N.C. Governor Pat McCrory issues statement saying, "the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department," and that, "any violence directed towards our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated." 

10:21 p.m. Wednesday -- Confirmed: Charlotte Mayor is hoping to see dashcam video of Scott shooting, but no guarantee.

9:53 p.m. Wednesday -- MEDIC confirms one patient had a life threatening gun shot wound and later died. The other two had non-life threatening injuries.

9:36 p.m. Wednesday -- Kenny Smith, Charlotte City Council District 6, confirms seven CMPD officers have been taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during protests.

9:35 p.m. Wednesday -- The Hornets team store at downtown arena looted.

9:21 p.m. Wednesday -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney confirms man shot in protests was killed. Victim was killed in civilian-on-civilian shooting.

9:09 p.m. Wednesday -- Multiple people on scene tell NBC Charlotte gunshot victim is dead.

8:58 p.m. Wednesday -- Shooting confirmed outside area of the Ritz Hotel. Ritz has locked their doors their restaurant, BLT Steak, has barricaded doors and windows with furniture.

8:55 p.m. Wednesday -- Multiple vehicles damaged by protesters. Charlotte Area Transit System announces there will be no streetcar service until tomorrow. LYNX Blue Line operating only to Carson station. CTC closed, bus operations moved to Carson.

8:45 p.m. Wednesday -- MEDIC tweets they are treating and transporting one patient to CMC main with life-threatening injuries from an apprentice gunshot wound.

8:41 p.m. Wednesday -- MEDIC is treating and transporting responding to multiple incidents in the college street area. 

8:40 p.m. Wednesday -- Cop cars being vandalized & things thrown on streets. Omni hotel surrounded by protesters. 

8:38 p.m. Wednesday -- Tear gas deployed in uptown, SWAT vehicles on scene.

8:37 p.m. Wednesday -- Witnesses tell NBC Charlotte one person shot outside Epicenter in uptown.

8:33 p.m. Wednesday -- Witnesses tell NBC Charlotte's Ty Chandler that at least one person was shot outside the Epicentre in front of the Omni Hotel and officers used tear gas to break up the crowds gathering.

8:29 p.m. Wednesday - Police walk in riot gear with protesters at intersection of College and Trade Street.

8:21 p.m. Wednesday - Protesters take down a flag from CMPD headquarters. 

8:20 p.m. Wednesday - Supporters gather at the location of the Keith Scott shooting for a candlelight vigil and ask community leaders to not "lose sight of the issues." 

8:14 p.m. Wednesday - Protesters begin to approach the Epicentre in uptown, with reports of demonstrators jumping on cars.

7:47 p.m. Wednesday - Police sources confirm to NBC Charlotte that a witness' photo from the scene of the Keith Scott shooting shows what police are calling the gun that was in Scott's possession at the time he was shot.

7:00 p.m. Wednesday - Protesters begin to gather in Marshall Park, begin chants of "No justice, no peace."

6:53 p.m. Wednesday - Rakeyia Scott, wife of Keith Scott releases a statement, asking protesters to not harm law enforcement officers, as well as a plea to stop looting in the name of protesting.

My family is devastated by the shooting death of my husband, Keith. 

Keith was a loving husband, father, brother and friend who will be deeply missed every day.

As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully.  Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting.

After listening to remarks made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney today, we have more questions than answers about Keith's death.  Rest assured, we will work diligently to get answers to our questions as quickly as possible. 

In the near future, we will offer more information about Keith and our family.  

Until then, we ask that you please respect our family's privacy as we grieve and prepare to lay Keith to rest. 
 

4:31 p.m. Wednesday - The City of Charlotte addressed the shooting, saying it has been very difficult for the Charlotte community. The city has opened a community feedback phone line for residents to express their thoughts with city leaders. 

Yesterday’s officer-involved shooting and the ensuing events have been very difficult for our community.

It is important that we continue our tradition of working together to solve our problems thoughtfully and peacefully. We will rely on the strength of our neighborhoods, business leaders and faith communities as we heal during this difficult time.

As we express our diverse viewpoints and perspectives, we must remember our mutual desire to be treated with dignity and respect, and for Charlotte to remain a safe city for everyone. Community meetings and dialogue will continue to foster peaceful protests and serve as productive avenues for developing solutions.

As more information becomes available and community discussions take shape, we encourage residents to share their thoughts via a community feedback phone line at 704-336-8302. These comments will be shared with your elected officials and community leaders.

As always, in the event of an emergency, please call 911 immediately. We thank you for your patience and for remaining calm during this difficult time.

1:44 p.m. Wednesday - Attorney General Roy Cooper releases the following statement on the Keith Scott shooting:

“What happened to Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte is a tragedy. It is important that this case is thoroughly investigated to find the truth and make sure justice is done. We must be committed to the kind of change that prevents these tragedies from happening. It is critical that as protests occur they are non-violent and do not cause harm.”

1:40 p.m. Wednesday -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina called on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to release any body or dash cam footage that captured the shooting of Keith Scott. 

12:35 p.m. Wednesday - Governor Pat McCrory issues a statement in response to the shooting of Keith Scott. 

“I’ve been in conversations with the mayor and other city officials since early this morning. We will do everything we can to support the mayor and the police chief in their efforts to keep the community calm and to get this situation resolved. It’s very important that we all work together as a team to solve a very difficult issue and to bring peace and resolution. My prayers are with the Scott family and also our law enforcement, especially the 16 police officers who were injured last night. As governor I’m going to do everything I can to support the entire city leadership in their effort to resolve this situation.” 

11:30 a.m. Wednesday - UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois released a statement on the Keith Scott shooting. 

10:30 a.m. Wednesday - Civil rights group holds a news conference.

Reverend BJ Murphy says, "We're watching our black men, this week, be gunned down."

"Scott, they said he had a gun.  Somebody said he had a book.  We need to do our own independent investigation to see if that is actually true."

Reverend BJ Murphy: "Our black men here, and our black people, are being gunned down in the street and we don't get no justice.  So what I'm calling for, and we're calling for, is an economic boycott of the whole city of Charlotte.  Since black lives do not matter for this city, then our black dollars shouldn't matter."

9:30 a.m. Wednesday - Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney held a news conference Wednesday morning.  

Here is the latest from that news conference:

Mayor Roberts addressing last night disturbances. Asks everyone to avoid rush to judgment.

Mayor Roberts: We have a long history of transparency, which we remain committed to

Mayor Roberts:  Everyone has different view points and that makes it more important to treat with dignity and respect

Mayor Roberts: Please keep in mind that our top priority is to make Charlotte a safe community.  

CMPD Chief Putney: First of all this is a difficult time. 

CMPD Chief Putney: Based on witness statements and evidence at scene ... yesterday at 4 o'clock we had officers searching for a suspect wanted for a warrant

CMPD Chief Putney: Keith Scott exited car with a gun.  Then got back in the car. Officers instructed him to drop gun. As he got out again, officers fired shots.

CMPD Chief Putney: Officers gave loud, clear verbal commands heard by many witnesses

CMPD Chief Putney: Tuesday night around 9 pm protesters turned into "agitators", started damaging police vehicles, throwing rocks

CMPD Chief Putney: Before 2 a.m. additional agitators gathered and went down I-85 and blocked northbound and southbound lanes.

CMPD Chief Putney: One arrest so far from protests.

CMPD Chief Putney:  16 police officers have been injured, multiple vehicles damaged.

CMPD Chief Putney:  I can tell you from the facts, the story is different from how it has been portrayed on social media.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts: We understand there may be continuing protests. We are calling for peace, calm and for dialogue.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts says she has been in touch with the White House

CMPD Chief Putney:  Still going through body cam and dash cam video.  Says he hasn't seen all of the video in its totality.

CMPD Chief Putney says officer seized a gun from the scene.  Chief says they did not find a book, which family members have referenced

CMPD Chief Putney:  Officer was in plain clothes, with vest marked police.  Uniformed officers were also present.

CMPD Chief Putney:  Officer Vinson was not wearing a body camera.  The officers in uniform were wearing body cameras, but it does not give a full picture of what happened.
 
CMPD Chief Putney:  "I don't know that he (Keith Scott) definitively pointed a weapon at an officer" but he says Scott did have a gun

CMPD Chief Putney:  We do anticipate more arrests, bring responsible parties to justice

 

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