The photo below, by Charlotte Magazine’s Adam Rhew, spread across the internet last night. It was taken near the University City area of Charlotte.

It was hard for some to believe that this was happening in their city. But it did. This happened in Charlotte last night.

Here’s what happened:

– A black man named Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a police officer yesterday.

– Police say the man had a gun and “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers.” Family members say he was unarmed and reading a book, and that he was disabled. A woman who said she was Scott’s daughter started a Facebook Live stream soon after the shooting, saying that Scott was unarmed.

– Scott was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, who is also black.


– Police were at The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road looking for someone who had an outstanding warrant. Scott was not the person they were looking for.

– Following the shooting, hundreds of people gathered in the University City area to protest.


– Many protesters called for peace. Others threw rocks and water bottles at police, and damaged at least a couple police cars.

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– Police officers donned riot gear and fired tear gas into the crowd.


– The protest continued late into the night, blocking roads all around the University City area and at one point moving onto I-85.

This happened in our city last night.

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Photos: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer