Outrage after video captures police in Baton Rouge shooting and killing a man

Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 9:33 AM EDT
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Outrage after police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana shoot and kill a man during a confrontation outside a convenience store.

37-year old Alton Sterling was shot to death by police as he was pinned down to the ground, the graphic shooting was captured on cell phone video.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark says an autopsy shows Sterling, a father of five, died Tuesday of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back.

Police say they received a call about a man selling CDs outside the store- Witnesses say Sterling had sold CDs and DVDs there for years. Police say they responded to a call of a man selling CDs who had threatened another person with a gun.

When officers arrived, police say there was a confrontation and Sterling was shot multiple times. Both officers involved in the fatal shooting are now on administrative leave. Witnesses say there was no confrontation between Sterling and police.

Raw footage of the shooting is being shared on social media. The hashtag #altonsterling is now trending. According to local media reports, the officers were wearing body cameras but those cameras fell off during the struggle. There are reports those cameras may have captured the audio of the shooting.

Louisiana State Representative Ted James calls the shooting of Sterling murder and wants an independent investigation. Other lawmakers are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate.

Protesters took to the streets of Baton Rouge Tuesday chanting "Don't Shoot". Members of Sterling's family were among them. His sister is demanding answers saying her brother didn't deserve to die. Police say the investigation is ongoing. A press conference is scheduled for this morning.