It happened in South Carolina. The merchant had falsely accused the boy
A 14-year-old African American boy was killed in South Carolina by a trader who had falsely accused him of stealing bottles of mineral water from his shop. After an argument, the man Rick Chow, together with his son, chased Cyrus Carmack-Belton and shot him from behind, hitting him in the heart.
“He hadn’t stolen anything, we have no evidence that he had stolen anything in the store,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, explaining that Chow was arrested. “He shot this young man in the back and killed him and will be charged with murder,” the sheriff said. According to the reconstruction, during the chase the son told his father that the boy was armed and Chow shot him.
The police would have found a weapon next to the boy’s body, but there are no indications that Carmack Belton ever pointed the weapon at his pursuers. “All this makes no sense, there is a family, a community in mourning for a 14-year-old killed – Lott said – even if he had taken four bottles of water, this is not something you shoot someone for, much less a 14 years old”. After the news broke, there were several protests in the city, and Chow’s shop was attacked, where “no child deserves to die for water” was written on the wall.