People gathered at North Charleston City Hall, shooting scene for Walter Scott

People are gathered at North Charleston City Hall for a Walter Scott protest. David Quick/Staff

Chants of “hands up, don’t shoot” kicked off a Walter Scott rally and vigil Wednesday night at North Charleston City Hall.

Several people were gathered with signs and took part in peaceful storytelling. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, addressed the crowd, and urged people to get committed, involved and engaged.

Candles were also lit at the gathering and people said a prayer for the families involved in the shooting.

Common themes at the rally were the history of enslavement, problems that currently exist and what would have happened if the camera wasn’t filming.

There were also about a dozen residents who stood quietly about 9 p.m. near Remount and Craig roads, where Scott was shot to death by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. A notebook paper sign nearby read “R.I.P Walter Scott. Remember Ferguson.”

Slager has since been fired and charged with murder. He is being held in solitary confinement away from the general population at Charleston County jail.

Melissa Boughton contributed to this report.