At least one person was fatally shot and another injured in a shooting that erupted during a protest over the death of Breonna Taylor at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Police have cleared the area to investigate.
One male victim died at the scene after shots were fired around 9pm local time. Gunfire could be heard as protesters rush for cover in videos shared online.
This is video from Isaiah Collins who was in the area when the shots went off. He was at the back end of Jefferson Square Park @WHAS11#nightteampic.twitter.com/POPMfkYOFL
A particularly disturbing video apparently captured the moment the suspect opened fire.
CONTENT WARNING: This video of today’s shooting at Jefferson Square Park was pulled from the FB livestream of one of Louisville’s more vocal protesters. Absolutely horrifying to see. To my friends, coworkers and anybody else down there, please be vigilant. Please be safe. pic.twitter.com/AT8PiOIKrG
Police evacuated the park, which has for weeks been the focal point of Black Lives Matter protests in Louisville, and are now “trying to gather as much information as possible in order to identify all who were involved in the incident.”
“It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement. “I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered.”
The Louisville Metro Police Department urged witnesses to share information about the incident and promised to hold a press conference in the morning as more details become available.
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