A young white man seen carrying an AR-15-style rifle opened fire on a crowd of protesters early Wednesday morning in Kenosha, Wis., on the third night of unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake Jr.
At least three people were injured, reports The Washington Post.
“Shots were first fired after midnight, as a group of protesters on Sheridan Road faced off with police in armored trucks. A young White man carrying an AR-15-style rifle began running north on Sheridan, away from the group,” the Post reports. “Video shows the armed man fall to the ground, and then fire multiple rounds into the crowd. Two more people fell to the ground, one shot in the arm. Another graphic video shows one man with blood running down the back of his neck and bystanders shouting that he’d been shot in the head.”
Warning, the video below contains graphic footage.
A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight #Kenosha #KenoshaRiots pic.twitter.com/qqsYWmngFW
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 26, 2020
In a video that appears to have been shot after the shooting, a man identified as the shooter in the above video was offered water by local Kenosha police.
An officer reportedly tells the armed militia members: “We appreciate you being here.”
This is the Kenosha shooter being offered water from the Kenosha police.
“We appreciate you being here.”
The police is working with the shooting militia. We need to abolish the police. They aren’t helping pic.twitter.com/mdgKuOTuUS
— New York Socialist (@berniebromanny) August 26, 2020
UPDATE: A newly surfaced video shows the suspected shooter confessing to shooting a man shortly before he took off running and tripped in the above video.
In the video, the suspect appears to be on the phone and can be heard saying: “I just killed somebody.”
VIDEO4/ I’m posting this in the hope that media and law enforcement will see it. It appears to be the video of the initial shooting, with the same suspect from the other videos. And he can be heard confessing to the shooting. THIS IS VERY DISTURBING VIDEO. https://t.co/lCKCVVmeiG
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 26, 2020