Loaded gun found in N.C. had fingerprints matching victim

By REUTERS
September 24, 2016 01:32
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A gun recovered at the scene of the fatal shooting of a black man by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, was loaded and had fingerprints matching those of the victim, CNN reported on Friday as the man's family released its own video of the encounter.

The family of shooting victim Keith Scott, whose death has sparked three days of protests, continued to urge officials to release their own recordings of the slaying.

The moment when a black police officer shoots Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven, cannot be seen in the two-minute video recorded by his wife, Rakeyia, who can be heard urging officers not to fire.

"Don't shoot him! He has no weapon," she can be heard telling officers as they yell at Scott, "Drop the gun!" Several gunshots can be heard in the video, which was released to US media, followed by her screaming, "Did you shoot him? He better not be dead." The video was filmed from a nearby curb as the drama in the parking lot unfolded in front of Rakeyia Scott.

CNN cited a source close to the investigation as saying the gun had fingerprints, DNA and blood matching Scott's. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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