A teenager in South Los Angeles was shot and killed by police Saturday (Oct. 1), sparking protest in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred. Carnell Snell Jr., 18, died after police officers shot him in the back “five times,” while his hands were up.
LAPD officers suspected that Snell and two others were in a stolen vehicle because it had paper license plates. Authorities say they attempted to pull the car over, when the driver led them on a chase. Snell was the only one who didn’t get away when he and the diver, and another passenger, reportedly jumped out of the car.
“The officers gave chase, a foot pursuit, and went eastbound at some point on 107th Street to the rear of a residence,” said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Barry Montgomery. ”It was at that time that the officer-involved shooting occurred. The officers summoned paramedics who responded to scene, and unfortunately the suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Authorities can’t confirm that the car was actually stolen.
According to CBS News, witnesses alleged that officers hit Snell five times, while his hands were up. Cops claim he had a gun.
“This is an 18-year-old boy,” said Black Lives Matter activist Melina Abdullah. “This is somebody’s son, this is somebody’s friend, this is somebody’s brother and you killed him. I don’t care what your story is. I believe what the community, I don’t believe the lying police. “
— Crystal Johnson (@Crystal1Johnson) October 2, 2016
Shell apparently lived on the very street where he was gunned down. His death marks the second police-involved death in Southern California sparking protest over the last few days. Police in nearby Pasadena, California reported tasered, kicked and beat a mentally ill man to death, following a 911 call made by his sister. The cops asserted that 36-year-old Reginald Thomas had a knife in hand, with a “fire extinguisher was under an arm.”
Meanwhile, police chases are very popular in Southern California. Earlier in the week, a man led California Highway Patrol on a pursuit across four different freeways, before pulling over and attempting to jump over an embankment. Authorities successfully arrested him without firing their weapons.
Check the video below for more details on the Snell shooting.
UPDATE (Oct 2, 2016 5:33 PM EDT): LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that Snell was hit twice, once in the torso and the leg, after officers fired a total of 6 rounds.