South Carolina Man Gets Shot After Making Racial Remark About Martin Luther King, Deputies Say

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Jimmy Duvall admitted that he and a friend had been drinking and smoking pot before he made the racist remark. Image courtesy of Curbed.com

A South Carolina man was shot in the head earlier this week after he used a racial slur to describe the federal holiday honoring civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.

According to the Anderson Independent Mail, 60-year-old Jimmy Duvall Jr., told authorities he was shot by a Black man after the former made a disparaging remark about the holiday. Duvall admitted he and a friend had been drinking and smoking pot at his home before the shooting. The incident took place near the home around 5:30 p.m.

He told officers that after saying the slur aloud, a Black man pulled a firearm out of his waistband and shot him in the head. The bullet left a crescent-shaped scar above his eye, according to an incident report.

A spokeswoman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting is being investigated and that so far, no arrests have been made.

Duvall suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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