Protester Shot In Seattle After Man Drives Through Crowd
The police in Seattle are saying that a 27-year old man was shot while protesting on Sunday. He was shot when a man drove his vehicle into a crowd of protesters and opened fire. according to a tweet by police, the shooter was taken into custody and the victim was taken to the hospital. The 27-year old victim was shot in the arm. Protests engulfed the country after the police killing of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis. The protests have reached all 50 states and 18 countries.
A man drove through 11th and hit a barricade. He exited his car and flashed a gun. The police say they have the man in custody and have the gun. They asked for anybody who is hurt to come to the barricade. A man was on the ground on 11th and Pine. He’s up now. pic.twitter.com/47eZZOvG59
— Chase Burns (@chaseburnsy) June 8, 2020
According to Seattle police, they have recovered the gun and confirmed that no one else was injured. A video of the shooting was shared on Twitter. In the video, you can see that a vehicle ran into a barricade. A man exits the vehicle and looks to be armed with a firearm and makes his way into the crowd. After this, what sounds like gunfire can be heard.
NBC News’ local affiliate KING was told by one witness that the gunshot victim was attempting to keep the vehicle from plowing through the crowd when the driver got out and shot him. Seattle police tried to make the crowd disperse but were met with resistance when some protesters threw projectiles and fireworks. Some protesters took to pointing green lasers into the eyes of officers. Police responded with pepper spray and later, teargas.
The police also said later that they do not believe the shooting was random or accidental. We will provide more updates as they come.