22-Year-Old James Scurlock was shot and killed by Jack Gardner in Omaha, Nebraska while protesting against police brutality.
The tragic incident took place in Old Market neighborhood of Omaha on Saturday at approximately 11 p.m. Surveillance video shows a group of men outside a bar arguing and shoving each other. Initial reports indicate that the altercation was centered around a broken window at a bar that Gardner owns. However, multiple eyewitness deny that Scurlock broke any window. During the group interaction, Gardner shot multiple shots that did not hit anyone. From there, an altercation ensued between Scurlock and Gardner. During the struggle, Gardner fired a shot at Scurlock that ultimately killed him. Multiple eyewitness have added that Gardner did shout racial slurs at Scurlock during their interaction.
James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a white bar owner on Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska, during a George Floyd protest. Witnesses said the gunman used racial slurs before the shooting. #JamesScurlock https://t.co/N2Yi3VN8eV pic.twitter.com/BxVt8hEMwP
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 31, 2020
“We certainly wish none of this would have happened,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said.
“It’s a senseless death. A loss of a young man’s life that should have never happened, but with all the events that were taking place, it did happen,” he added.
Kleine has determined that Gardner has acted in self defense and will not face any charges. It is unclear if Scurlock’s family will pursue any further action.