Black Teen Gunned Down By n**i Lover And He Has Not Been Arrested
The family of a teenage girl who was fatally shot by a neighbor five months ago in Charlotte believes the shooting may have been racially motivated.
16 year old Jasmine Thar, was shot and killed while visiting family in Chadbourn, N.C., during the Christmas holiday. The shooter, a neighbor of the family Thar was visiting, claims his high-powered rifle accidentally fired when he was taking it out of its case.
The teen’s mom is now asking prosecutors to press criminal charges.
At a news conference, Carletta McNeil said she believes her daughter, Jasmine Thar, was the victim of a racially-motivated crime.
WSOC reports the family is concerned the shooting may have been racially motivated after police found a Confederate flag and n**i memorabilia in the shooter’s bedroom.
“I will not be satisfied until justice is served,” McNeil said.
Jasmine, a sophomore, was shot Dec. 23 in front of a house in the small town of Chadbourn, where she was visiting with her godmother and a friend.
As they walked toward a vehicle for a shopping trip about 11 a.m., a single bullet fired from a home across the street struck all three, killing Jasmine and injuring the others.
According to a police report, the shot came from a Remington Model 700 rifle owned by 23 year old James Anthony Blackwell.
Blackwell told police he had taken the rifle from a case and it fired without him pulling the trigger.
The Remington Model 700, one of the most popular bolt-action rifles, is the subject of dozens of lawsuits, alleging a defect causes the weapon to fire without a trigger pull.
Chadbourn police took Blackwell to the station, but did not arrest him and later released him.
FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed the agency’s civil rights unit is investigating.