Philando Castile shooting: What we know so far


Philando Castile, 32, was shot and killed by police last night in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

A video of the moments after the shooting was live-streamed by Castile's girlfriend Lavish "Diamond" Reynolds and has gone viral across the globe.

Here's what we know so far:

What happened

  • Police stopped Reynolds and Castile around 9 p.m. last night at the corner of Larpenteur and Fry, according to St. Anthony Police PD. They also said shots were fired and a handgun was recovered.
  • In the video, Reynolds says they were pulled over for a broken tail light.
  • As Castile's bloody body is slumped beside her, Reynolds can be heard saying that Castile was shot while reaching for his wallet to show his driver's license, after notifying the officer he had a permitted concealed weapon on him.
  • The woman’s 4-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat at the time.
  • Castile was later pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.
  • Diamond Reynolds says she was handcuffed and taken to the police station after the shooting but has since been released and has spoken at the protest.

The reaction

  • The killing sparked protests in front of Gov. Dayton's home in St. Paul.
  • Gov. Dayton, Sen. Franken and other Minnesota politicians have released statements. Dayton is calling for an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began its own investigation last night at the request of the St. Anthony Police Department.
  • The video following the shooting and the story has gone viral. #FalconHeightsShooting and #PhilandoCastile are now trending on Twitter.
  • Facebook took the video down from Reynolds’ Facebook account, but not before it had been captured by other media and put on YouTube, according to The Daily Beast. The social media site has since reinstated it.
  • Numerous celebrities such as Serena Williams and Justin Timberlake have reacted in shock, sadness and outrage on Twitter, according to CBS News.
  • Parents of the kids Castile served lunch to at school are planning a vigil at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School at 5:30 p.m. today, according to the Star Tribune.
  • President Obama posted a statement on his Facebook page addressing the shooting.

What we know about Castile

  • Castile is a cafeteria supervisor at the J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul.
  • He graduated from Central High School in 2001.
  • The Minnesota courts system shows that Castile has a minor criminal history, with nothing more serious than a misdemeanor on his record.
  • Saint Paul Public Schools issued a statement grieving the "tragic death of a former student and current employee."

What we know about the officer

  • The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, as is customary in officer-involved shootings.
  • His identity has not yet been released.

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