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Charlotte Suspect Caught After Protester Shooting Leads to Death

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Protesters light candles on Sept. 22, 2016, at the site where Justin Carr was shot the day before during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police two days earlier and two nights of riots. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 03:11 PM

A suspect in the Wednesday shooting death of protester Justin Carr in Charlotte, North Carolina, was caught Friday morning after camera footage identified him as the shooter.

Carr was protesting outside the Omni Hotel on Wednesday night when he was shot by a then-unidentified person. Police were facing off against protesters in the area, and it wasn’t clear at first whether police or a civilian shot Carr. Witnesses on the scene said it was chaotic and difficult to tell what had happened.

Carr was taken to the hospital where he died Thursday.

The shooting happened on the second night of violent protests following Tuesday’s shooting death of black Charlotte resident Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer, who also was black.. Authorities said Scott failed to follow officers’ commands to drop his weapon in the parking lot of an apartment complex, while his family claimed he was only carrying a book. A gun was recovered at the scene, according to police chief Kerr Putney and a photo obtained by NBC News.

Putney told reporters a “real-time crime center” supplied camera footage that investigators used to identify Rayquan Borum as the suspect in Carr’s shooting, CNN reported, and police arrested Borum on Friday after establishing probable cause.

A vigil was held for Carr early Thursday night, with protesters praying at the site of the shooting. Protests were more peaceful Thursday after a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew was established.

Putney said the police and the city were prepared for further protests. “I’m still optimistic. I’m still proud of our city. I’m still proud of our community,” he said, according to NBC News.

A state of emergency was declared Wednesday after the first night of violent protests.

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