buncombe county courthouse

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Buncombe County removed a memorial to Confederate soldiers that stood outside the county courthouse early Tuesday morning.  It's the second Confederate monument to be removed this month in downtown Asheville after Asheville city council and Buncombe County commissioners approved such removals last month following a week of protests calling for racial justice.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

(3/31 2:45 p.m.)  Asheville police have identified the suspected shooter in this morning's shooting outside the Buncombe County courthouse as 29-year-old Shane Tilman Kent of Asheville.  Kent died at the scene after authorities say he fired shots at a law enforcement officer.