A terrifying video shows a gunman opening fire at a Louisville, Kentucky, demonstration demanding justice for the March police shooting death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor — leaving one man dead and another seriously injured, according to authorities.
The gunman, seen in the video wearing black shorts and carrying a black backpack, raises his weapon before firing off almost two dozen rounds in less than a minute.
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 SAFEpic.twitter.com/IaTCAehs8v
— Just Call ME *FRIEND* (@RealXYZ2020) June 28, 2020
Dozens of demonstrators were seen cowering for cover under benches and inside tents, with the man filming the mass shooting gasping “oh my God!” as he came across someone laying in a pool of blood in Jefferson Square Park following the 9 p.m. shooting.
Louisville Metro Police later confirmed one man had died and another was seriously injured.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, many protesters had arrived to the park heavily armed Saturday after warnings from an “armed patriot militia” that it would confront the anti-police protests.
It is unclear if any of the shots heard in the video were return-fire from those within the Louisville camp.
CNN reported on Sunday that police have a suspect in custody and is currently being treated at a local hospital.
The suspect — whose name was not released — was asked to leave the park several times during the protest due to his disruptive behavior, Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said. The man had been arrested during protests in recent weeks, the chief said.
Police said protesters will no longer be allowed to stay in the park overnight but peaceful gatherings can continue during the day. No tents of any kind will be allowed.
“While most protesters in the park have been largely peaceful, things changed last night when shots rang out,” said Louisville Sgt. Lamont Washington. “We continue to support the peaceful exercise of free speech. However, our primary focus must be on public safety.”