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Three shot in Kenosha, suspect not identified by police

Three people were shot, two fatally, in Kenosha, WI in the third night of riots in the small Wisconsin town. The riots are a response to the fatal police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Video posted on the internet shows a mob chasing a man with a rifle down a city street, the man being knocked down by a person with a skateboard, then shots being fired, after which the gunman walks away while so-called protesters put up their arms in the “Hands up, don’t shoot” pose.

It’s not clear from the context of the video why the man with the rifle was being chased.  

In the video, the man with the skateboard appears wounded at the scene.

Police have said that they are investigating the shooting but have not said yet if they have identified a suspect, although various internet sites have said that they have identified the shooter as a local police cadet.

The shooter was described by the Washington Post as “a young white man with rifle.”

The Washington Post says that two men armed with guns were protecting a local gas station, and one of the men was the shooter.

“People are frustrated, I get it. And they’re scared. I certainly get that, too,” said Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth in a statement. “Rumors abound on social media and elsewhere, with widely varying levels of truth to them. We know that much of the damage is being inflicted by people coming in from outside our community, with the intent to rob and destroy, not to engage in their First Amendment right to demonstrate.”

Elsewhere in Kenosha, protesters tried to knock down the fence surrounding the county courthouse but were repelled by local police.

“Using tear gas, paintballs, rubber bullets and a piercing long-range acoustic device, the officers repelled the protesters,” says Kenosha News. “The crowd attempted to knock over the fence at one point, shaking it wildly, but it was buttressed strongly against the curb and stayed up.”

Kenosha News says that protesters hurled objects at officers, lit fires and smashed windows of buildings and cars, but claimed: “nothing appeared significant.”

Milwaukee’s local WTMJ4 reported that the county courthouse has been closed for a few days since the shooting, after protesters caused significant damage to the building.

Meanwhile, the police have imposed an 8 p.m. curfew that was in effect last night in order to quell any violence.

Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, was appealing to everyone for calm and to “examine your heart,” says Fox News.  

“As I was riding through here, this city, I noticed a lot of damage and it doesn’t reflect my son,” Jackson said. “So I’m really asking, and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your heart. As I pray for my son’s healing … I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our country.”

Amen.

PHOTO: AP Photo/Morry Gash

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