Austin police release man who says he fatally shot protester

Austin police release man who says he fatally shot protester

A Black Lives Matter protest in the streets of downtown Austin turned violent when, Garrett Foster, who was armed with an AK-47, allegedly fired at a vehicle attempting to pass a human blockade set up by the protestors. "Foster may have pointed his rifle at the driver of this vehicle prior to being shot". "Good Morning America" identified the victim as Garrett Foster.

Sheila Foster said she was told her son was pushing his fiancee, who uses a wheelchair, through an intersection when the suspect was driving "erratically" through the crowd.

Protests against racism and police brutality were sparked worldwide following the May killing of African-American George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Cops say he's cooperating. Gun-rights supporters on both the left and the right often carry rifles at protests in Texas, a state whose liberal gun laws allow it.

Video filmed by a demonstrator attending protest march against police violence shows a auto driving through the protest before shots are fired.

Tributes were paid to Garrett Foster on social media, and by Sunday afternoon an online fundraiser had raised more than $67,000 (£52,400).

Foster's mother, Sheila Foster, provided a different account of what happened on Saturday.

A witness, Michael Capochiano, told the Austin Statesman newspaper that the incident occurred when a man in a auto turned onto a street where protesters were gathered and drove towards the crowd. Several gunshots can then be heard ringing out, prompting protesters to scream, run away from the scene, and duck for cover. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. There were no other deaths or people shot, according to the EMS department. "And I think all of the people that hate us and want to say [expletive] to us are too big of a pussies [sic] to stop and do anything about it".

Chief Brian Manley said detectives assigned to the homicide unit detained the man and interviewed him after he called 911 shortly after the shooting. "It's all about Black Lives Matter", he added later.

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