An armed protestor, who Austin Police Chief Brian Manley identified as Garrett Foster, 28, was shot and killed Saturday night.
Mr. Foster marched with demonstrators through downtown Austin carrying AK-47-style rifle during the protest. Mr. Foster was protesting against police brutality and systemic racism.
Details are scarce, but Police are investigating an occurrence between the alleged shooter and Foster. The shooter, driving his car through the protest in what has not been determined in malice, had an altercation with Foster leading to several shots fired.
Police at the scene found Foster suffering from several gunshot wounds. Foster was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Manley said a vehicle turned onto the block where protesters stood and honked its horn. Police declined to say why the driver was there at that time or whether his intent was nefarious.
Witness Michael Capochiano told the Austin American-Statesman that the car sped through the protesters before it apparently hit an orange barrier and stopped.
One hint of clarity comes from a live Facebook stream showing a car honking its horn before shots leading to massive screaming and running from protestors.
Manley said the driver and several witnesses told police Foster approached the driver’s side window of the vehicle and pointed an assault rifle at the driver.
The driver said they shot Foster and drove off, police said.
Mr. Foster’s mother, Shiela Foster in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Sheila Foster said Garrett was her son and he had been a regular at the protests with his fiancée.
“They’ve been participating in these protests almost every day for the past 50 days,” she said.
The driver called the police, was taken into custody and has since been released. The terms of the release are not clear.
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