Man admits to shooting Justin Carr during Wednesday night protests, prosecutors say

Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 6:13 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2016 at 8:15 PM EDT
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26-year-old Justin Carr (Photo courtesy of family)
26-year-old Justin Carr (Photo courtesy of family)
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The man accused of shooting Justin Carr in the head during Wednesday night's protests admitted to the act, prosecutors said Monday.

Rayquan Borum, 21, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Carr, 26. He was arrested Friday morning and appeared in court on Monday.

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Carr was shot around 8:30 p.m. on East Trade Street, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.

Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, sources close to Carr's family confirmed he died.

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According to Time Warner Cable News, seven law enforcement officers were injured during Wednesday night's protests as well. Two employees at the Hyatt House on the 400 block of East Trade Street were also injured.

In the midst of a violent night of protests, questions initially emerged over who fired the shot. Charlotte officials tweeted that the shot was fired by a civilian, and not a Charlotte officer.

A public defender told the judge in Borum's case Monday that his client understands the charges against him, including an outstanding warrant from Georgia with a charge similar to possession of a gun by a felon.

Borum was appointed a public defender. There are lawyers at the Mecklenburg County courthouse who are offering pro-bono services for people arrested during the protests, but they are not involved in Borum's case.

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