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26 August 2020 16:42

Wisconsin Kenosha Protest

2 killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, when gunfire breaks out during protests over police shooting of Jacob Blake Jr.

(CNN) Two people were killed and a third was seriously wounded in a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, late Tuesday during the third night of protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, police said. Officers responded to reports of multiple gunshot victims around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Kenosha Police Department said in a news release early Wednesday. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told The New York Times his office is investigating whether the shooting resulted from a conflict between demonstrators and a group of men with weapons who were protecting businesses. 2 shot dead and 1 injured in Kenosha during protests; police looking for man armed with a long gun Kenosha Police said early Wednesday morning that two people had been shot and killed and a third injured during protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake; authorities were looking for a man armed with a long gun. Earlier Wednesday, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that one victim had been shot in the head and another in the chest late Tuesday, just before midnight.

Beth didn't know where the other person was shot, but video posted on social media showed someone had been shot in the arm. The incident occurred at about 11:45 p.m. in the area of 63rd Street and Sheridan Road, Kenosha police said. The release from the Kenosha Police Department said the injuries to the third individual were not life threatening. No one has been apprehended, but Beth said he believed at least one person would be taken into custody soon based on video footage police have reviewed. The shooting came on the third night of violent protests that have torn through Kenosha after a police officer shot Blake from behind at close range while he was getting in a vehicle.

The investigation of the latest shooting is being conducted by the Kenosha Police Department with the assistance of the FBI, Beth said. About 250 law enforcement officers and 250 National Guard members were on hand Tuesday night to quell the recent unrest, he said. A widely shared video shows a man sprinting into a car lot at 63th Street and Sheridan Road, carrying a long gun. Other videos show a man who seems to be the same man wielding a long gun while running north on Sheridan Road, being pursued by people screaming that he shot someone. Beth said people who fashion themselves as belonging to a militia have been patrolling Kenosha's streets in recent nights, but he did not know if the shooter was involved with such a group.

On Tuesday, a group calling itself the Kenosha Guard, asked members and followers on Facebook to come downtown and be prepared to defend the city. A Journal Sentinel reporter earlier in the evening observed a group of armed men with long guns standing guard at a dry cleaning business on Sheridan Road near 59th Street, some on the roof. It is unclear if the men seen by the reporter were members of the Kenosha Guard, or whether Beth, in his comments, was referring to that group, or similar groups of people. Two people have been killed and one injured during a third night of unrest in the US city of Kenosha, sparked by the police shooting of a black man. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot and injured by police as he leaned into his car on Sunday, with his children screaming.

Tuesday night's incident was believed to have involved protesters against Mr Blake's shooting and armed men guarding a petrol station. In their statement, Kenosha Police said officials responded to "reports of shots being fired and multiple gunshot victims" in the city at about 23:45 on Tuesday (04:45 Wednesday GMT). Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth earlier told the New York Times that an investigation into the shootings would be focused on a group of men armed with guns outside a petrol station. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said on Tuesday he was sending more National Guard troops to the city amid the unrest. Within hours of Mr Blake's shooting on Sunday, hundreds of people had marched on Kenosha's police headquarters. Cars were later set alight, and police urged 24-hour businesses to consider closing because of "numerous" calls about armed robberies and shots being fired. Lawyer Ben Crump told a press conference on Tuesday that doctors said Mr Blake had been paralysed by the shooting. So far it is unclear who called the police, how many officers were involved, and what happened before the shooting. Mr Blake's fiancée Laquisha Booker, said the children - who witnessed everything as they sat in the back of the car - were screaming as their father was shot. Court records show there was an open arrest warrant against Mr Blake on sexual assault and domestic abuse charges but police have not said if officers were aware of this when they responded to the call on Sunday. "Anybody that is white, that is doing an investigation about a black young man that was shot seven times in his back, and haven't come up with an answer or a comment at this point, is not welcome," he told reporters. — Two people were shot to death during a night of anti-racism protests in Kenosha in a possible vigilante attack carried out apparently by a young white man who was caught on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle. The gunfire erupted late Tuesday, just before midnight, during the third straight night of unrest in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake. Sheriff David Beth said one victim was shot in the head and the other in the chest, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Beth said that investigators had reviewed footage and that he was confident a man would be arrested soon. According to witness accounts and video footage, police apparently let the young man responsible for some or all of the shootings walk past them with a rifle over his shoulder as members of the crowd were yelling for him to be arrested because he had shot people. The sheriff told the Journal Sentinel that armed people had been patrolling the city's streets in recent nights, but he did not know if the gunman was among them. Cellphone video of at least two of the shootings that was posted online shows a young man with a rifle jogging down the middle of a street as a crowd and some police officers follow him. At a news conference earlier Tuesday, Ben Crump, the lawyer for Blake's family, said that Blake was shot multiple times by police on Sunday and that it would "take a miracle" for him to walk again. Kenosha police have said little about what happened other than that they were responding to a domestic dispute. At a news conference, he said police shot his son "seven times, seven times, like he didn't matter." During the latest round of unrest on Tuesday, police fired tear gas for the third straight night to disperse protesters who had gathered outside Kenosha's courthouse, where some shook a protective fence and threw water bottles and fireworks at officers lined up behind it. Before the two deadly shootings, the Kenosha County Board sent a letter Tuesday to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers requesting that at least 2,000 more National Guard troops be sent.