Two shot dead in third night of Wisconsin protest

Two shot dead in third night of Wisconsin protest
Kenosha, in the state of Wisconsin, has seen three nights of unrest. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: According to local media reports, two people have been killed and one injured during the third night of unrest in the US city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked by the police shooting of a black man named Jacob Blake.

The 29-year-old was shot and injured by police as he leaned into his car on Sunday, with his children screaming.

Tuesday night’s incident was believed to have involved protesters against Mr Blake’s shooting, who is now in hospital, and armed men guarding a petrol station.

The protests have at times have turned violent and caused damage to property.

Mr Blake’s lawyers say it will take “a miracle” for him to walk again.

Kenosha Police said officials responded in their statement to “reports of shots being fired and multiple gunshot victims” in the city at about 23:45 on Tuesday (04:45 Wednesday GMT).

The statement said: “The shooting resulted in two fatalities and a third gunshot victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.”

The identities of the victims were still being determined, the statement says, and that no further details would be given at this time. An investigation has been opened.

David Beth, Kenosha County Sheriff, earlier told the New York Times that an investigation into the shootings would be focused on a group of men armed with guns outside a petrol station.

Online footage showed a man with a rifle being chased by a crowd before he fell to the ground and appeared to fire multiple rounds at them while other video shows armed civilians, many dressed in military fatigues, congregating outside businesses they said they were protecting.

Previous protests have resulted in damage to private businesses and government offices, and there have been reports of vigilantes turning out to protect property.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he was sending more National Guard troops to the city amid the unrest.

Media reports quoted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as saying the governor had turned down an offer of federal support.

Officials in Mr Evers’ administration said the offer was for help from the Department of Homeland Security and the offer has been turned down because more National Guard members were already on their way.

Governor Evers called up the National Guard on Monday to help local police. The forces used rubber bullets, tear gas and smoke bombs, protesters said. Some demonstrators were seen attacking property including cars with baseball bats, Reuters reported.

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