CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Jasmine Thar, 16 of Charlotte, was shot and killed while visiting family in Chadbourn. The teen's parents are upset charges have not yet been filed.
The shooter claims it was an accident but the parents don't believe that. James Blackwell, 23, said he was cleaning his high powered rifle when the bullet went flying and hit Thar and two others.
Thar was the only one who didn't survive.
"That's sending out a really negative message out to America," said Thar's mother, Claretta McNeil. "That we can shoot people and say it's an accident and get away with it and it's okay."
"I want to see my man in front of a judge - in front of a jury and explain,"said Thar's father John McNeil.
The Chadbourn Police Department requested the State Bureau of Investigation to handle the case.
The District Attorney writes:
We are committed to seeking justice and going wherever the truth leads. The public should have every confidence that our final determination will be based on the facts and the law.
The family is also concerned about items found in Blackwell's room. Those findings prove to them this shooting could involve racial tension.
According to Thar's father, a Nazi magazine and confederate flag were found in his room.
The parents are also concerned they were told conflicting stories about what happened.
They have now reached out to Charlotte - Mecklenburg Police Department. Officers will give parents advice on how to proceed. The parents asked a CMPD officer in his opinion were there any missteps in this case.
"He couldn't comment on it," T.H.U.G. Founder John Barnette said. "But what we told him - he said it doesn't sound right."
Barnette is assisting the parents. He claims this case reminds him of another case involving an unarmed teenager shot and killed by an adult.
"The key word for both - Trayvon Martin," Barnette said. "And this particular case is neglect."
The parents have now started a petition online for people to sign who think there should be an arrest.
"It's been really hard," Thar's mother said. "I have been traumatized. She actually died in front of me."
The parents will travel to Chadbourn next week to hear if charges will be filed.
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