Rayquan Borum was arrested in connection with the only fatality that has occurred in the Charlotte protests that have been ongoing in the heels of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
Justin Carr was shot during the protests and was transferred to the hospital where he was placed on life support until he was pronounced dead on Thursday. Rayquan Borum was apparently part of the crowd — Borum is not a police officer.
Here are 5 important facts regarding Raquan Borum and the circumstance of his arrest:
1. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced Borum’s arrest in a news conference on Friday morning. He said that Borum is 21 who is a felon with a long criminal history. the police department also announced the news on Twitter.
Rayquan Borum charged this morning in shooting death of Justin Carr during protests in Trade Street.
— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 23, 2016
Chief Putney said that videos were instrumental in their investigation, identification and ultimate arrest of Borum. Here is a video posted on Twitter of the Chief’s announcement:
— Angela Green Party (@FruitEtrange) September 23, 2016
2. Witnesses’ accounts of how the shooting occurred varied greatly. Some claimed that a police officer shot Carr, maybe with a rubber bullet. A minister claimed that Carr died standing between ministers, and that they believe that the police shot him. In his statement posted on Twitter, the minister, Steve Knight, said “I saw the man go down on the pavement … It was an ambush. The victim was shot while he stood between two ministers, and we believe he was shot by police.”
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 22, 2016
There are multiple other accounts of Carr’s murder being carried out by a police officer. At the same time, there were those who were adamant that the murder was not at the hands of police.
The Daily Beast‘s Ryan James reported that “Around 8:30 p.m., a civilian fired a pistol indiscriminately into a crowd of dozens outside the hotel, turned and ran, leaving a man laying on the ground in a pool of blood on the sidewalk…The shooter, a black male, was standing at the intersection of East Trade and South College streets with the weapon still aimed. He turned and ran.”
3. There are videos of the events at the Omni hotel when the shooting occurred. Here is one of the clips that starts before the shooting and ends as crowds gather around Justin Carr.
4. Borum is no stranger to crime. He is a felon with a long history. He has had offenses dating back to 2011 when he was just a teenager. He received a suspended sentence for those charges which included breaking and entering and larceny.
5. Justin Carr, 26, was wounded in the head at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night as he stood among the crowd outside of the Omni Charlotte Hotel in what was likely the most violent night of the Charlotte protests. The city of Charlotte took to Twitter shortly after Carr was shot and said that the shooting was the work of a civilian, not a police officer.
ALERT: Fatal shot uptown was civilian on civilian. @CMPD did not fire shot.
— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016
The city also said that Carr was in critical condition and on life support. He was pronounced dead the following day.