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After a video surfaced of teenager eating a hamburger in his car surfaced on the social media, a Texas cop was sacked for indiscriminately shooting him.

The video shows that a San Antonio cop is repeatedly firing at the boy who had been sitting in his car and eating a hamburger, that was parked beside the road.

When the cop opens the door of the parked vehicle, the video shows that he asks the teenager to get out. When the teenager asks the reason, the cop tried to to grab him and within seconds, the cop begins firing relentlessly.

“Shot fired”- the cop repeated as the teenager closed the door of his car and drives away. The video was tweeted by social media influencer and healthcare advocate Kendall Brown.

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LiveMint could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

The officer has been identified as James Brennand and was sacked after the incident that took place on 2 October, reported AP.

According to the AP report, the incident happened at a fast food restaurant parking lot, police training commander Alyssa Campos was quoted as saying.

The teenager, Erik Cantu (17), was struck by the gunfire and has suffered injuries. The police found him and another passenger – who was unharmed – had stopped nearby after fleeing the scene.

Cantu — who was initially charged with evading police and aggravated assault — is now recovering at a hospital. A Texas prosecutor said Friday there was not enough evidence to file charges against the teenager.

“While Sunday’s shooting of an unarmed teenager by a then-San Antonio Police officer remains under investigation, the facts and evidence we have received so far led us to reject the charges against Erik Cantu for further investigation,” Bexar County District attorney Joe Gonzales said.

Brennand, who had been on the force for less than one year, violated his training and police procedures after approaching the car, Campos said.

“The officer abruptly opened the driver’s door and ordered the driver out of the car” before the arrival of backup officers that Brennand had requested, Campos said.

“There is nothing I can say in defense of that officer’s actions that night,” Police Chief William McManus was quoted as telling state-run WOAI-TV.

“I think what happened, initially, there was some contact made, but that did not justify the shooting.”

With AP inputs.

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