1 dead, 1 injured at Breonna Taylor protest park in Kentucky


At least one person died and another was injured in a shooting Saturday night in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, at the scene of continued protests over the death of Breonna Taylor.

In a series of tweets, the Louisville police said they received calls around 9 p.m. M. That they had been shot near Jefferson Square Park. Police later received calls that members of the sheriff’s department were taking life-saving measures on a man who later died at the scene.

Soon after, police received reports of another nearby shooting. The person who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The video posted on social media appeared to show a man opening fire as people scrambled for cover, The Associated Press reported.

Police cleared the park and were “trying to gather as much information as possible to identify everyone involved in the incident,” the Louisville Metro Police Department said in a statement.

“I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have voiced their concerns have gathered,” Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted. “It is a tragedy that this area of ​​peaceful protest is now a crime scene.”

For weeks, Jefferson Square Park has been home to protests over the deaths of Taylor and George Floyd involving the police. Saturday night’s shooting was at least the second during nearly a month of protests in Louisville, The Associated Press reported. Seven people were injured on May 28 when shooting erupted during the protests.

Taylor, 26, was murdered at her home in March by police on a no-hit order, which has since become a hot spot for people calling for radical criminal justice reform. A detective involved in her death was recently fired.

“I consider his conduct to be a shock to conscience,” wrote Acting Police Department Chief Robert J. Schroeder in a termination letter to Detective Brett Hankison.

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