On Tuesday night, tensions were high in Raleigh, North Carolina after an officer shot a man at the same location where authorities killed 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad for refusing to drop a pocket knife, a year ago.
A frightened and disturbed crowd surrounded a small shopping strip where the confrontation apparently took place. A Facebook live video reportedly made by a witness was being shared all over social media.
“We were at the light. We saw this little boy just running, with a pizza!”
The woman said in the video.
“All of a sudden I saw a cop pull his gun out and then he put it back in and the next thing you know you hear gunshots. This is wrong!”
People soon gathered around Raleigh Police Chief’s home, while other started protesting throughout downtown.
On Facebook and Twitter, users believed a 16-year-old boy was shot in the back. However, Raleigh Police later revealed that the suspect, Javier Torres, was 26-years-old and they were answering to a call about a man with a gun.
“Mr. Torres ran upon the arrival of the responding officers and a foot chase ensued, during which police repeatedly ordered Mr. Torres to stop and drop the gun”
Police proclaimed in a statement.
“During the chase, Mr. Torres was shot one time by a responding officer. He was transported to a nearby hospital by EMS. A handgun, as described by the 911 caller, was located at the scene of the shooting.”
Police stated the officer who fired a weapon at Torres was wearing a video camera during the incident. Police will seek to have the video released to the public.
Watch the full video below for more details!