KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two people were shot to death and another was wounded during a third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake.
And they are hunting for a possible vigilante seen on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a rifle. Sheriff David Beth says he is confident a man will be arrested soon.
Beth told the Journal Sentinel that armed people had been patrolling the city’s streets in recent nights, but he did not know if the gunman was among them.
“They’re a militia,” Beth said. “They’re like a vigilante group.”
The shooting of Blake — apparently while three of his children looked on — was captured on cellphone video and ignited new protests over racial injustice in the U.S. just three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police touched off a wider reckoning on race.
AP says Kenosha police have said little about what happened, other than that they were responding to a domestic dispute.