“I feel very confident we’ll have him in a very short time,” Beth said.
Shots were fired around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said. After the first shots, a young White man carrying a rifle began running north on Sheridan Road, away from a crowd of protesters. Video shows the armed man fall to the ground and then fire multiple rounds into the crowd. Two more people fell to the ground, one shot in the arm and the other in the chest, the Journal Sentinel reported. Another graphic video shows a man with blood running down the back of his neck and bystanders shouting that he had been shot in the head.
The confrontation near the gas station unfolded after police dispersed protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse who had begun launching fireworks at officers protecting it. Police responded with tear gas and drove protesters in the direction of the gas station, where they were met by armed men — members of what police described as vigilante militia groups that have descended on the city.
Beth told the New York Times that investigators are looking into the armed men in front of the gas station, who were recorded before the shooting arguing with protesters. One of the men told The Washington Post that he was there to stop people from breaking into local businesses, noting that he had seen rumors online about pipe bombs being used.
“If the cops aren’t going to stop them from throwing pipe bombs on innocent civilians, somebody has to,” said an armed man in a red checkered shirt, who declined to give his name. (There’s no indication that any pipe bombs were involved in Tuesday’s unrest.)
Another man, brandishing a handgun, showed up after a call on Facebook to protect the city.
In Portland, Ore., and other cities in recent days and weeks, far-right militiamen armed with paintball guns, bats and pepper spray, as well as lethal weapons, have battled leftist and Black Lives Matter activists in the name of backing police in their confrontations with protesters.
“Ain’t nothing being done. We’re the only ones,” said Joe, 29, a U.S. Marine veteran. “This is nonsense,” he said, scanning the crowd, adding that others like him were around Kenosha Tuesday night. “Three thousand of us are armed and ready,” he said.
Police pushed protesters to Sheridan Road after 11 p.m., where law enforcement in armored trucks blocked the street. Nearby, the confrontation brewed with armed men at the gas station. Within an hour, the street exploded into chaos and bloodshed as the gunshots rang out.
Beth, the sheriff, told the Journal Sentinel that armed militia members have been on the streets in recent nights, calling them a “vigilante group.”
After the shooting, he told the Times that the bloodshed validated his concerns about armed civilians.
“I’ve had people saying, ‘Why don’t you deputize citizens?’ ” he said. “This is why you don’t deputize citizens with guns to protect Kenosha.”
There is more at the link above. Think of what this means as we get closer to the election and the Republicans ratchet up the fear and anger? Hugs