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Man shot during uptown protest has died

Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Carolina.The man has since died.
Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Carolina.The man has since died. Getty Images

A man shot in uptown Charlotte during a protest over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott died Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Police said they found Justin Carr, 26, suffering from a gunshot wound in the 100 block of East Trade Street at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they found Carr after responding to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon.

Carr was shot in the head, Observer news partner WBTV reported, citing a police report.

The City of Charlotte initially tweeted that the victim was shot and killed, but the city later corrected that to say he was on life support, in critical condition.

The city’s tweet said the shooting was “civilian on civilian” and not officer-involved.

Asked by Megyn Kelly of Fox News Thursday night whether police rubber bullets hit Carr, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said “the evidence disputes that. We have a lot of compelling evidence that disputes that.”

Police are not saying if they have a suspect or whether the shooting was random. Police said only that their investigation is “ongoing and “active.”

CMPD encouraged anyone with information about the shooting to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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