A Black Lives Matter protester was fatally shot in Texas when he approached a vehicle with his rifle opened fire on the driver, police said.
The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. during a protest in Austin, police spokesperson Katrina Ratliff told reporters early Sunday. The man was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
PIO briefing on Homicide 202071411. https://t.co/gTOf5pskhP— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) July 26, 2020
The vehicle had honked, turned down a road, and then drove toward the protesters, witness Michael Capochiano told the Austin American-Statesman. The BLM protester, who Capochiano said was carrying a rifle, approached the vehicle, and was shot by the driver. The driver then drove away, Capochiano said.
The witness failed to mention the BLM protester had opened fire on the driver as per official accounts.
Initial reports only said that “the victim may have been carrying a rifle,” Ratliff told reporters, adding that the driver was detained and was cooperating with police.
The Black Lives Matter protest was streamed live on Facebook and videos posted to Twitter captured several gunshots fired.
It sure looks like that Austin rioter with the AK-47 is drawing it up as he and the mob approach the car. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/qqmzo7LlVX— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 26, 2020
The BLM protester was identified as Garrett Foster who earlier had been recorded saying that “people who hate us” are “too big of p-ssies to actually do anything about it” after he was asked why he was carrying a rifle.
Foster said he was carrying an AK-47 when asked what type of rifle he had.
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