Two killed as gunfire erupts in Wisconsin during protests over police shooting

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Protesters confronted police officers in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday night.

Two people were killed and another seriously wounded when gunfire erupted during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Local police confirmed the fatalities on Wednesday morning, saying the shooting had taken place at about 11.45pm on Tuesday.

The attack came after rioters brought violence to Kenosha on the third night of protests, pelting law enforcement officers with fireworks and setting fire to cars.

In the last few minutes police have released a statement on last night’s shooting.

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The department said: “On 25 August, 2020 at about 11.45pm Kenosha Police, along with assisting agencies, responded to the area of 63rd Street and Sheridan Road for reports of shots being fired and multiple gunshot victims.

A man walks away from the scene of a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin ( @bgonthescene )

“The shooting resulted in two fatalities and a third gunshot victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

“The shooting investigation is active an ongoing. No further details regarding the shooting will be released at this time. The names, ages and cities of residence for the victims are still being determined.”

Source: The Independent