Georgia Tech campus police fatally shot a barefoot student heavily involved in LGBTQ activism late Saturday in a tense scene that was captured on video.
The shooting victim — identified by relatives as Scout Schultz, 21, a four-year engineering student — was seen walking toward police and ignored numerous orders to drop what was believed to be a knife.
“Shoot me!” the student shouted about a minute before the shooting occurred.
“Nobody wants to hurt you,” an officer can be heard saying in video recorded by a witness.
Schultz was shot once and crumpled to the ground, later dying at a nearby hospital.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation into the shooting.
According to a GBI press release, the Georgia Tech Police Department received a 911 call “of a person with a knife and a gun” at 11:17 p.m. Saturday.
Schultz “was not cooperative and would not comply with the officers’ commands,” authorities wrote in the press release. “Shultz continued to advance on the officers with the knife. Subsequently, one officer fired striking Shultz.”
It’s unclear if police ever recovered a gun, and the size of the knife has not been revealed.
The victim’s parents question why police used deadly force.
Lynne Schultz, Scout’s mother, called them “nonconformist and very, very bright” in a Sunday phone interview.
Scout had “a lot of empathy for other people,” she said.
Schultz, from Lilburn, Gwinnett County, was president of the campus’ Pride Alliance, a student organization for LGBTQIA students and their allies.
Scout — who planned to attend grad school and hoped to make biomedical devices — preferred they/them gender pronouns and identified as bisexual, non-binary and intersex, Lynne Schultz said.
“They seemed fine, friends said they seemed fine … I don’t know,” she said.
Scout’s father Bill Schultz wrote about the shooting on Facebook, saying Scout had “a tiny knife.”
“(Police) didn’t have to shoot (Scout) in the heart, but that’s what they did,” Bill Schultz wrote. “Antifa activists beware!”
Scout’s mother declined to discuss details of the shooting and said that she and her husband were considering legal options.
Pride Alliance released a statement Sunday, crediting Schultz as a “driving force” within the organization.
“Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one’s experience on Tech’s campus and beyond,” the group wrote.
Following the shooting, Georgia Tech’s counseling center planned to be available for students Sunday and throughout the week.
The incident sparked an alert from the university’s Office of Emergency Preparedness calling on students to seek shelter.
It’s unclear when Georgia Tech officers were last involved in a shooting.
The shooting comes four months after a new law was approved allowing college students in Georgia to carry concealed weapons on public campuses.