A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student, who was the president of the campus Pride Alliance, was shot and killed by a Georgia Tech police officer, according to a statement released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The university, in a statement to BuzzFeed News, identified the victim as a fourth-year student named Scout Schultz:
The Georgia Tech community was notified Sunday morning of the tragic death of Scout Schultz, fourth year computer engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia. Schultz died on Sunday, Sept. 17 as a result of an incident in the West Campus residential community. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident and reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death.
At 11:17 p.m. on Saturday night, the Georgia Tech Police Department received a call "of a person with a knife and a gun," the GBI said. What followed took place outside of a Georgia Tech dormitory, the GBI said, when the student, allegedly carrying a knife, "would not comply with the officers’ commands."
"Schultz continued to advance on the officers with the knife," the statement read. An officer then fired, according to the statement.
The student died at Grady Memorial Hospital. "The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur will conduct the autopsy," the statement read.
The GBI said that the outcome of its independent investigation will be reviewed by the district attorney's office. The agency told BuzzFeed News that it has no further information at this time.
Two apparent videos of the incident emerged Sunday: In one, the shooting was obscured by trees. (Warning: The following two videos may be disturbing to some people.)
Another video, however, shows Schultz walking slowly toward the officers before being shot.
"Come on, man, drop the knife," one officer orders at the beginning of the first video that appears to show the shooting. "Come on, let's drop it," another officer echoes.
"Shoot me!" someone who appears to be Schultz responds. The officers continue to order the student to drop the knife. "Nobody wants to hurt you, man," an officer says. Near the end of the footage, an officer again demands: "Drop it!" apparently at the same time as a shot is fired at Schultz.
"We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred," the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance said in a statement about Schultz's death. As president of the group, the statement said, Schultz had "been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years."
"We are distraught over the loss of Scout Schultz," the GT Progressive Student Alliance wrote on Facebook, calling Schultz "an incredible, inspirational member of our community and a constant fighter for human rights."
On Sunday, students placed flowers and memorials outside of the place where Schultz was shot.
Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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