Reports: Charlotte Protesters Break Into Walmart

Reports: Charlotte Protesters Break Into Walmart
In this frame from video provided by WBTV, a police vehicle is damaged after protests broke out Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., following a fatal shooting of a black man by police. (WBTV via AP)
Jack Phillips

Amid protests in Charlotte, some people looted a Walmart after Interstate 85 was shut down early Wednesday.

People also started fires along I-85 during the night, according to local media outlet WCNC. Some tractor-trailers were also looted, and the contents were removed to start two fires along the interstate.

The protests were sparked after a black man was shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer on Tuesday. In the incident, 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, by a black police officer, identified as Brentley Vinson. They were at the complex to serve a warrant for another man, according to The Associated Press.

“It’s time to change the narrative, because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media,” Putney said, according to AP.

His comments were apparently referring to a video posted on social media of a woman claiming to be his daughter live-streaming the scene for about an hour following the shooting. “He didn’t have no gun. He wasn’t messing with nobody,” the woman said.

It was unclear if she witnessed the shooting.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: