Following is a timeline of events that led to Charlotte’s violent Tuesday night through early Friday.
Tuesday 3:54 p.m.: According to CMPD, officers from the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs. Officers see Keith Lamont Scott, 43, inside a vehicle in the apartment complex. Scott was not the person being sought by police. Police say Scott exited the vehicle with a firearm. Officers saw Scott get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach Scott. Police say Scott got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat and Officer Brentley Vinson shot Scott.
Tuesday 5 p.m.: Unverified reports spread via social and broadcast media that the victim was a disabled man, holding a book, and he was shot four times by an officer in civilian clothes. A woman who is reportedly the victim’s daughter takes to Facebook Live to depict what was going on. A crowd of about 100 protesters show up at site of the shooting. #KeithLamontScott begins to trend on social media.
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Tuesday 7:11 p.m.: A crowd gathers at Old Concord Road in the University City area and reportedly begins surrounding officers. Police say Civil Emergency Unit deployed “to safely remove our officers from the area.” At 7:45 p.m. crowd transitions from peaceful to aggressive. A police officer is injured attempting “to de-escalate agitators during demonstrations.” Crowd blocks road. Police report multiple people damaging police vehicles and throwing objects.
Tuesday 8:51 p.m.: Mayor Jennifer Roberts issues statement asking the community for calm.
Tuesday 11 p.m.: Police give order for crowd to disperse. After an additional dispersal order was ignored by demonstrators, police officers deployed tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, who continued to throw objects and damage property.
Tuesday 1:45 a.m.: An additional group of protesters gathers near Interstate 85, throwing rocks at cars. The group spreads to travel lanes. Both north and southbound lanes are shut down. Motorists report rocks being thrown off overpasses into traffic below. Two or three tractor trailers stopped by the crowd are looted and the contents thrown onto the road. Two fires are started by protesters using items taken from the trucks.
Wednesday 3 a.m.: Tear gas is deployed on the crowd and Interstate 85 reopens at 3:30 a.m. A different group of protesters hit the Walmart on North Tryon, where someone throws a rock though a window.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m.: Chaarlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts holds press conference promising city will be transparent with the facts in the case and repeats call for calm. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, speaking at the same press conference, says officers recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. Putney says no book was found. He says social media is perpetuating a different scenario than that of police investigators. Putney predicts protests will continue Wednesday, and he says the department will be prepared.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.: Activist group of African-American religious leaders called T.H.U.G. holds press conference contradicting police investigators. Group calls for black economic boycott of sites like EpiCentre. National media begin to arrive in Charlotte.
Wednesday 4:30 p.m.: Two dozen protestors stand in front of Bank of American Corporate Center at Trade and Tryon streets, holding “Black Lives Matter’ and “Stop Killing Us” signs.
Wednesday 7 p.m.: Protest grows at Marshall Park and crowd begins marching to nearby court house. Crowd begins marching in lanes of McDowell Street by 8 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 p.m.: A large group of protesters enters EpiCentre on East Trade Street. College and Trade streets blocked by crowd. Police appear in riot gear. Tear gas fired near the Omni Hotel. Reports of items being thrown by crowd appear on Twitter. Crowd panics and scatters.
Wednesday 8:30 p.m.: Justin Carr, 26, of Charlotte, is shot and critically wounded by a civilian protester near the Omni on Trade Street. He dies Thursday.
Wednesday 9:30 p.m.: Police in riot gear try to clear College Street. Reports surface on Twitter of crowd members turning on each other.
Wednesday 10:30 p.m.: Vandalism starts at Fifth and College streets. Rocks, bottles and street signs are thrown at business fronts and tourist attractions around EpiCentre and NASCAR Hall of Fame. Four officers hurt, 44 people are arrested in the span of four hours.
Wednesday 11 p.m.: Gov. Pat McCrory calls for state of emergency, initiates deployment of National Guard and State Highway Patrol. National Guard arrives 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Thursday 7-8 p.m.: Hundreds of peaceful protesters begin rallying in Romare Bearden Park near the BB&T Ballpark in uptown, as well as on East Trade Street.
Thursday 9 p.m.: City announces curfew from midnight until 6 a.m. as protests build.
Thursday 10:40 p.m.: Protesters pass Bank of America Stadium and began climbing up to Interstate 277. Police block traffic on the highway, then officers in riot gear move in to drive demonstrators off highway. Road reopened by 11 p.m. A city building on Morehead Street is vandalized.
Friday 12 a.m.: Police say two officers are treated after being sprayed with a chemical agent by a demonstrator, and a National Guardsman is treated for an unspecified minor injury. Protests remain largely peaceful. Streets cleared by 2 a.m. Three protesters were arrested during the night.
Friday 11:15 a.m.: Police announced they have arrested a suspect in the killing of Justin Carr.