A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of protester Justin Carr in Charlotte, police in North Carolina said Friday.
Rayquan Borum was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of murder in the death of Carr, a man who police said was shot near a hotel Wednesday night as people protested the police-involved shooting death of a Charlotte man earlier this week.
“A real-time crime center was able to supply footage from cameras” that helped investigators identify Borum as a suspect, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters Friday.
The video was not immediately released, and Putney did not say what the motive in Carr’s shooting might have been.
“Currently we are still conducting the interview (of Borum) as the investigation continues, but we already have established probable cause and made that arrest,” Putney said.
Shooting came during ‘chaos’ at protest
Carr, 26, was shot Wednesday night as protesters and police faced off outside the Omni Hotel, authorities and witnesses have said. Carr was taken to a hospital, where he died Thursday.
The shooting came on the second night of violent demonstrations over Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black Charlotte resident who authorities said failed to heed officers’ commands to drop a weapon in an apartment complex parking lot.
Police initially said that a civilian was believed to have shot Carr, but no arrest was made. By Thursday, Putney said investigators were checking allegations that a police officer might have fired the shot, and were reviewing video to determine who did it.
The Rev. Robin Tanner, a Charlotte minister who says she was outside the Omni with protesters when Carr was shot, told CNN that the scene was “chaos,” and it was hard to tell what had happened.
“Justin was behind me; I had a colleague who was beside him. I will tell you, at that point, it was chaos,” Tanner said Friday, before Borum’s arrest was announced. “People were running. some were tripping over others. There was smoke in the air.”
“We had other clergy who were there … and we’ve all concluded in the midst of that chaos that we would not be able to say definitively what happened (to Carr),” he said.
Carr, in a news conference Thursday, said the shooting happened after police in riot gear walked toward protesters and “marched us into down into the Omni.”
“Then we saw people began to be struck with the clubs. We saw people falling and hitting the floor. We heard a shot. People began to run. It was chaos,” she said.
Vigil for Carr
Thursday night’s protests in Charlotte over Scott’s death were more peaceful.
Protesters held a vigil for Carr at the beginning of the night. They stood at the corner where he was shot and prayed for him.