Jefferson Square Park shooting: Man killed, 1 injured after shots fired at Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville
'We are currently working an active police situation at Jefferson Square Park,' Louisville police said
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: A shooting was reported at Jefferson Square Park as many people were seen protesting at the park to call for justice in the case of Breonna Taylor. Peaceful protesters were marching and holding banners to call for justice when people recorded multiple shots being fired.
The video shows a man standing in and aiming to shot at people who have been protesting. A reported by WDRB claims that multiple people have been injured during the shooting. A twitter account claims, "Multiple eyewitnesses say a homeless man who had been kicked out multiple times of the Jefferson Square Park where the main hub of the protestors have been camping out at for causing problems somehow acquired a gun and fired upon protestors and was tackled by protestors".
"We are currently working an active police situation at Jefferson Square Park," Louisville police said in a statement. Additional officers were deployed to the scene by LMPD to clear the area and investigate the shooting.
"Just about 9 p.m., there were reports of shots fired in Jefferson Square Park. Calls then came in that Sheriff’s Department personnel were in the park performing life-saving measures on a male who eventually died at the scene." tweeted the official handle of LMPD.
"A short time later, we got a report of another shooting victim at the Hall of Justice. That person was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers cleared the park completely and have secured the entire area so homicide detectives can conduct their investigation. Detectives are trying to gather as much information as possible in order to identify all who were involved in the incident. The park will remain closed for the next several hours," LMPD added.
After hearing about the news, the Internet was quick to point the fingers at the justice system in the US while also calling out President Trump's administration. "The shooting at Jefferson Square Park is the result of Trump's toxic rhetoric. The police can gas protesters at the slightest provocation but they couldn't stop a shooter!? Fuck Trump, fuck 2A, fuck the NRA, and fuck the cops soiling themselves with delight over this!" read one comment.
"Jefferson Square Park was attacked from a likely White Supremacist who is following Trump's orders of "Law & Order". Please, for the love of all, be SAFE everyone," read another. "The Trump Campaign is pushing the idea that liberal=violent. That's fuc*ing scary. Especially considering the events in Jefferson Square Park today," wrote another.
Protests have been going on in the US ever since the death of George Floyd became a national awakening of 'Black Lives Matter'. People were quick to take it to the streets to call for justice. This also led to people opening up old cases that included the deaths of innocent black people. Among them, Taylor was one of them.
Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13, 2020. Many people and celebrities were quick to call for the case to reopened and an investigation to be made.