Deadly shooting at US Black Lives Matter protest

Cheryl Sanders
June 30, 2020

A gunman opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, USA Saturday night (Sunday New Zealand time), killing one and injuring another, authorities said. "We are now clearing the park and it will stay cleared", the Louisville Metro Police Department wrote on Twitter.

In a video of the shooting, the suspect was surrounded by several people before shots were fired and people ran for cover. A second person was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

Government officials in Kentucky say they'll be investigating the city of Louisville's handling of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Jefferson Square Park has been home to demonstrations regarding the death of Breona Taylor for over a month. "None of us want to see this area of peaceful protest become a crime scene", Fischer said during a press conference.

The shooting was at least the second during almost a month of protests in Louisville over Taylor's death. Seven people were injured when shots were fired near the city's town hall, prompting Ms Taylor's mother to issue a statement asking people to demand justice "without hurting each other".

According to Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrest citation report, Steven Nelson Lopez of Louisville was arrested and charged with murder and wanton endangerment.

The protests that erupted called for justice in the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Dozens of people were arrested Monday after protesters in Louisville parked cars on a major bridge, blocking traffic between Kentucky and in for almost three hours to demand justice for the late Breonna Taylor. Police returned fire, hitting Taylor eight times, resulting in her death. None of the officers who fired their weapons during the confrontation have been arrested; one was sacked (but is appealing) and the other two are on administrative reassignment.

The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot dead after police barged into her home, alleging that drug dealers had used the apartment to receive packages. Authorities said 33 people were arrested when they refused to comply, and 19 cars were removed. No-knock warrants allow law enforcement officials enter a residence forcibly without having to announce their objective or identifying themselves as police.

Lopez was wounded in the leg by gunfire from bystanders at the park who were defending themselves, the arrest citation said.

"He had been repeatedly asked by other members at the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior", Schroeder said.

Taylor, who was a health worker, was shot and killed by police who entered her aparment on March 13.

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