Apr 8, 2015 8:26 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The parents of a black man who was fatally shot while fleeing a white police officer call the shooting horrible, with his father saying it looked as if the officer was trying to "kill a deer running through the woods."
Judy Scott, the mother of 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that she almost couldn't look at the video showing the shooting last weekend. She says it tore her heart to pieces.
His father, Walter Scott Sr., tells NBC's "Today Show" that his son may have run after being pulled for a traffic stop because he owed child support and didn't want to go back to jail.
The father says he doesn't know if the shooting was racially motivated.
After authorities saw the video, shot by a bystander, they charged North Charleston Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager with murder.