It was just a matter of time. As protests have been allowed to continue in cities across the country, the rioters have grown more bold. The police, who’ve come under repeated attack, are more frustrated. And business-owners and uninvolved citizens are worried about their safety and that of their families.
In Buffalo (AP):
1️⃣3️⃣2️⃣ Buffalo, NY: police and National Guard swarm in like Keystone Kops to beat and arrest some people, but then run away as an SUV drives through them and hits at least one officer
— T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) June 2, 2020
An SUV carrying two people who had been shot plowed through a group of law enforcement at a George Floyd demonstration Monday night in Buffalo, injuring at least two officers, authorities said.
Video posted by a bystander shows a line of police officers, backed up by an armored personnel carrier, rushing and tackling a man who was being interviewed by a man with a TV camera about 9:30 p.m. Other officers used batons to whack at protesters, who scattered.
Moments later, there was the sound of firearms discharging off camera, then officers ran as an SUV barreled through a cluster of officers. At least one appeared to go under the vehicle’s wheels.
In St. Louis (AP):
BREAKING VIDEO: Cops come under fire during protest in St. Louis; at least 4 officers were shot in the gun battle & the scene remains activepic.twitter.com/Lf9JA971Tj
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 2, 2020
Police say four officers were hit by gunfire after protests in St. Louis that started peacefully Monday became violent overnight, with demonstrators smashing windows and stealing items from businesses and fires burning in the downtown area.
The police department tweeted early Tuesday that the officers were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. It was unclear who had fired the shots.
BREAKING: South Philadelphia gun store owner shoots and kills 1 of 3 or 4 armed looters, police say.
— Alex Holley (@AlexHolleyFOX29) June 2, 2020
Officials say the owner of the gun store, Firing Line Inc, was inside his business guarding it because they had experienced a break-in attempt on Sunday evening.
When a crew of looters reportedly attempted to break in, the store’s owner saw them on surveillance video and then heard them coming up the steps of the store.
“One of the individuals that broke into the property, pointed a handgun at him,” Chief Inspector Scott Smalls told FOX 29’s Steve Keeley. “And that’s when the store owner fired his own weapon — striking the one perpetrator at least one time in the head and he collapsed, dropping his gun between his legs.”
In San Jose:
A suspected looter was shot by police Monday morning, authorities said.
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released, police said in a news release. His age and place of residence have not been released.
The shooting happened about 4 a.m. Monday after officers responded to reports of looting at a CVS drug store at Harder Road and Mission Boulevard.
— KUT Austin (@KUT) June 1, 2020
An Austin teen remains hospitalized after he was shot in the face by police at weekend protests.
Video posted on social media shows 16-year-old Brad Levi Ayala shot in the head with what police are calling “bean bag ammunition.” In the video he’s standing still and alone on a hill in a blue shirt and khaki pants. In the bottom right-hand corner of the video you can see a uniformed officer raise something to his face, there’s a loud crack and you see the young man instantly go limp before the officer’s arms go back down.
“They shot his face. That is not okay,” says Edwin Sanchez, Ayala’s brother.
In Las Vegas (AP):
Las Vegas protests Monday night escalated to two separate shooting instances: 1) Unidentified man, dressed in body armor, was shot and killed 2) Police officer was shot and is currently in critical conditionhttps://t.co/2JB5qUzLp5
— Grace Pateras (@gracepateras) June 2, 2020
An officer has been shot in Las Vegas and authorities are responding to another shooting as people protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.
The officer was shot in the area of the Las Vegas Strip and an officer was involved in a shooting in the downtown area, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported early Tuesday.
In Omaha (AP):
No charges filed in on the shooting death of 22-year-old James Scurlock.
“Kleine said the bar owner is heard saying, “Get off me, get off me, please get off me,” before the final shot is fired.”https://t.co/TUtz1H9i8E
— Waverle Monroe KETV (@WaverleKETV) June 1, 2020
A 22-year-old black man was killed after authorities said he tussled with the owner of two bars in downtown Omaha. Surveillance video of the strip of bars shows a group of people, including James Scurlock, approach bar owner Jake Gardner.
Two people are seen on the video tackling Gardner, who ended up on his back and fired shots in the air. Seconds later, Scurlock is seen tackling Gardner, who then fires the gun over his shoulder, striking Scurlock.
In Detroit (AP):
#BREAKING: A 19-year-old man was killed after a person in an SUV opened fire & shot into group of protesters in Detroit.
The Detroit Police Department says no officers were involved in this shooting.
— Chloe Salsameda (@ChloeSalsameda) May 30, 2020
A 21-year-old man was killed in downtown Detroit after someone fired shots into a vehicle during a protest. According to a police report, the man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in a parking lot with two others when someone fired shots into the vehicle and then fled on foot.
In Chicago (AP):
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) June 2, 2020
Two people were killed during unrest Monday in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, according to a town official. Spokesman Ray Hanania did not provide details about those who were killed but said it happened amid protests there.
The longer the rioting and looting continue, the more of this will take place. Police and citizens will only tolerate the violence for so long before escalating the situation. Unless and until overwhelming responses by law enforcement and the National Guard put an end to the rioting, more people will die. On both sides of the line.