“I tend to think that if there was a cause it might have been anger at the police over all the shootings and all the long litany of police shootings.” In a statement, Pride Alliance called its late president the “driving force” behind the LGBT group for the past two years.
Police across the country shoot and kill an average of three people each day, a rate virtually unchanged in recent years despite calls from police leaders and the public for reform.
Mental illness remains a major factor in fatal police shootings, playing a role in at least one-fourth of all such shootings — at least 159 so far in 2017 — according to a Washington Post analysis.
Stewart, the attorney, said Schultz was shot once and that the bullet pierced the heart.
Stewart said only one officer fired and that none of the other officers who responded from the Georgia Tech police department had been issued Tasers.
“We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.” Scout, a fourth-year student at Georgia Tech, was born in Rockville, Md., and spent time in Iowa, Missouri and Florida before moving to the Atlanta area six years ago.
Bill Schultz, a retired computer engineer, said Scout came by an interest in engineering earnestly and was scheduled to graduate a semester early.
“Scout was definitely a chip off the old block,” he said.
Both parents remembered well the time that Scout came out to them.
Investigators said a multipurpose tool that contained a knife was recovered from the scene.