One dead after shooting at Breonna Taylor protest park

A man has died after being shot in a park in Kentucky where people had gathered to protest against the death of Breonna Taylor.

The shooting on Saturday night in Louisville also resulted in a second person being taken to hospital with injuries described by police as non-life-threatening.

Video on social media appeared to show a man opening fire as people ran for safety, while later scenes showed at least one person on the ground bleeding.

A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers, during a protest against the death George Floyd in Minneapolis, in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 2020. - US protesters welcomed new charges brought Wednesday against Minneapolis officers in the killing of African American man George Floyd -- but thousands still marched in cities across the country for a ninth straight night, chanting against racism and police brutality. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police at her home in March

Police are investigating but no information has been released about arrests, or details about the victims.

Tweets from Louisville Metropolitan Police Department said: “Just about 9 pm, 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.

“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.

Man dies in shooting at protest in Louisville

Police seal scene of shooting in Louisville

“Officers cleared the park completely and have secured the entire area so homicide detectives can conduct their investigation.”

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he was “deeply saddened by the violence”.

“It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene,” he added.

The protest against the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, before a shooting
Image:Jefferson Square Park has seen weeks of demonstrations after the police killings of Taylor and George Floyd

Police said they were not expecting to release more information until morning, local time.

Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was killed in her Louisville home in March by police executing a no-knock warrant, which allows them to enter a property without announcing their presence.

It was part of a narcotics investigation but no drugs were found at her property.

One of the officers has since been fired.

Protesters have been calling for the officers to face criminal charges.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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