Police: Man shot during Wednesday night protests in Charlotte has died

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Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE–Charlotte police say the man shot in the head during Wednesday night’s protests near a downtown hotel has died.

Police spokesman Keith Trietley says in a news release that 26-year-old Justin Carr died Thursday at the hospital.

Carr was shot as protesters clashed with police in riot gear lined arm-in-arm protecting the Omni Hotel about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. City officials say Carr was not shot by an officer.

The protests followed the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson. There’s an ongoing dispute between the family and police over if Scott was holding a gun or a book when he was shot. The family reviewed dashcam footage of the encounter on Thursday, but would not comment on the contents. Police have said they’re not releasing that video to the public.

Initially, police did report that the victim had died on Wednesday night, but later retracted that statement and said he was on life support and in critical condition. he died Thursday from his injuries.

Police Chief Kerr Putney says the detectives are determined to find who fired the fatal shots. No arrests have been made.