UPDATE: Austin Police say that the man who was shot was carrying a rifle and may have approached the vehicle.
A protester has been shot and killed in Austin, Texas, by a driver whose car had been blocked in at an intersection.
The incident was captured on Facebook Live. It appears that the crowd was blocking traffic and possibly surrounding the car prior to the shooting.
“Someone got out of their car and shot one of the protesters,” the livestreamer said.
Video from the scene after a car pulled up and opened fire on protesters at Congress & Fourth. One victim is confirmed, their condition is unknown. CPR was administered on the scene.
— Austin Chronicle (@AustinChronicle) July 26, 2020
The victim, according to a woman on the stream, is the husband of a quadriplegic woman who was also attending the protest.
Here is video of the shooting during the street protest tonight in Austin.
Via Hiram Live.
The man who was livestreaming, Hiram Gilberto, wrote in a follow up Facebook post that “I was no more ten feet from the shooter and running towards his car. It was TOO CLOSE. Currently on my way to give a witness statement to APD. KEEP THOSE AFFECTED IN YOUR THOUGHTS.”
Witness explains what she saw: pic.twitter.com/DfkpqPTFk0
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) July 26, 2020
Police are calling the shooting a homicide, according to a report from KVUE. The public has been asked to avoid the area.
A photo that is making the rounds of the couple described by the witness, “Whitney and Garrett”, shows a person that may be the man who was shot holding a rifle during a protest.
Garrett has a gun. pic.twitter.com/1Dcrt3i9DS
— Toxicly Masculine (@Andy97041372) July 26, 2020
This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.