An angry racist fatally shot a white man who defended a black friend from being harassed: police
An angry racist this weekend fatally shot a white man who stood up for his friend, a black man who had been getting harassed while sitting at the Red Rose restaurant in York County, Pennsylvania.
The York Daily Record reports that 25-year-old Chad Merrill had been sitting at the Red Rose bar with his friend, Jerrell Douglas, when they were accosted by a 24-year-old man named James Saylor, who yelled the n-word repeatedly at Douglas.
Merrill stood up to defend his friend, and the bartender at the Red Rose threw Saylor out of the bar for racially harassing a customer.
Merrill then followed Saylor out to the parking lot and tried to confront him while Saylor was in his car. At that point, Saylor shot Merrill in the chest with his .45-caliber handgun and drove away, police say.
Hellam Township Police Chief Doug Pollock tells the York Daily Record that surveillance footage shows Saylor “had a gun shoved into the waistband in the front of his shorts” that he used to shoot Merrill. Pollock also tells the paper that police subsequently conducted a manhunt for Saylor and located him at his living quarters in his parents’ basement.
Saylor has since been charged with criminal homicide and has been denied bail.
Merrill leaves behind his wife and a five-month-old son.