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Word on deadly Charlotte police shooting spreads across social media

(Alex Giles | WBTV) (Alex Giles | WBTV)

Just hours after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed in northeast Charlotte Tuesday, thousands of people knew about his death.

A woman claiming to be Scott's daughter live streamed the scene on Facebook for more than an hour after the shooting.

In the video, she said her father was unarmed when he was shot.

“She was just crying. It was just a sad moment man,” said Perry Price,  a neighbor who watched the live stream.

The woman in the video said Scott was sitting in his vehicle reading a book and waiting for the school bus to drop off his son. In the video, she is heard saying police came up to him, yelled for him to get his hands up and broke open the car window.

She claims he was Tasered and then shot four times. In the video, she said her father was disabled, didn't have a gun and was even scared of them.

The video showed tense interaction between the neighborhood and police as the police pushed the crowd back further as they widened their perimeter. 

The video was shared rapidly.

“A friend of mine who is in local activism shared the live feed,” said Steve Knight, a Charlotte church pastor.

At one point over 30,000 people were watching the live feed on Facebook and displaying a range of emotions on social media.

“That’s 30,000 people so that’s people in South Carolina, In Georgia and all the outskirts of North Carolina,” said Price.

Price said social media definitely played a part in drawing such a big crowd of protesters to the scene Tuesday night.

“Social media is what got everyone out here now,” he said.

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