Authorities had been investigating a deadly taking pictures Saturday night time at a park in downtown Louisville, Ky., the place demonstrators had gathered to protest the demise of Breonna Taylor.
Stories of pictures fired at Jefferson Sq. Park got here in round 9 p.m. native time, Louisville Metro police stated in a press release, adopted by calls that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Division was performing life-saving measures on a male who died on the scene. Shortly after, police had been advised of a taking pictures sufferer throughout the road on the Corridor of Justice. That particular person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening accidents.
Video posted on social media appeared to indicate a person opening hearth into the park as folks scrambled for canopy. The footage later confirmed at the least one particular person bleeding profusely on the bottom.
Officers cleared the park and police “are attempting to assemble as a lot info as doable with a purpose to determine all who had been concerned within the incident,” the assertion stated. No details about arrests, doable suspects and the victims’ identities and ages was instantly launched. Officers didn’t instantly launch extra info.
“I’m deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Sq. Park tonight, the place those that have been voicing their considerations have been gathered,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stated in a press release. “It’s a tragedy that this space of peaceable protest is now a criminal offense scene.”
The park has for weeks been the epicentre for protests within the metropolis after the police killings of Taylor and George Floyd. The Saturday night time taking pictures was at the least the second throughout almost a month of protests in Louisville over Taylor’s demise. Seven folks had been wounded Could 28 when gunfire erupted close to Metropolis Corridor, prompting a press release from Taylor’s mom asking folks to demand justice “with out hurting one another.”
“Praying for our metropolis,” tweeted Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville late Saturday. The Democrat is operating for his social gathering’s nomination to problem Republican Senate chief Mitch McConnell within the fall.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black lady, was killed in her Louisville dwelling in March by police who had been serving a no-knock warrant. Protesters have been calling for the officers concerned in her demise to be charged. One of many officers was not too long ago fired.
Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, was initially charged with tried homicide after he fired a shot at one of many officers who got here into the house. Walker has stated he thought he was defending from an intruder.
The no-knock search warrant that enables police to enter with out first asserting their presence was not too long ago banned by Louisville’s Metro Council.