Jacob Blake was rushed to a Milwaukee hospital for surgery after the incident, which occurred in front of a crowd of onlookers who recorded video of the shooting Sunday around 5 p.m.
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A 20-second video shows Blake walking away from three police officers and attempting to get into his SUV. The officers can be seen chasing Blake with their guns. Several neighbors are watching nearby, and a few of them are yelling and yelling at the officers.
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Blake, who appears to be disarmed in the video, opens the driver’s door and attempts to get into the SUV. An officer tries to stop him by putting on his white tank top. Seven shots ring out, then Blake collapses in the SUV and the car horn begins to sound. A woman runs to the scene and starts screaming.
A black object is visible on the sidewalk next to the SUV but it’s unclear what the object is, and Blake makes no movement to reach it in the video.
Kenosha Police said officers provided immediate medical assistance after the shooting and Blake was airlifted to hospital in serious condition. Monday morning, Blake stays in the hospital.
The Kenosha Police Department said officers were responding to a report of domestic violence. They didn’t explain Blake’s involvement, why he was shot or how many hits actually hit him.
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The Wisconsin Department of Justice is currently investigating the shooting. The three officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave.
Several witnesses told Kenosha News that Blake was trying to end a brawl between two women outside a house in the area and that his children were in the SUV at the time. They say officers used a stun gun on Blake, then chased him to his car and shot him in the back.
Blake’s fiancee Laquisha Booker said their three children were in the backseat of the SUV when he was shot.
“This man literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him, with the kids on his back screaming. Screaming, ”Booker told local station WTMJ-TV.
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Dozens of people showed up to protest the Sunday night shooting, where they were greeted by large numbers of police and patrol vehicles. Angry protesters damaged several police vehicles and hit a policeman with a brick, video shows. Riot police deployed tear gas and blocked off the area around the Kenosha County Public Security building, which was damaged during the protest.
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Outrage spread to social media, where Black Lives Matter supporters condemned yet another police shootout on a black person. People added Blake’s name to a list of other black police victims, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, whose deaths sparked protests across the country in May.
“They shot him seven times. In the back. In front of her children, ”actor Aisha Tyler tweeted. “Say his name. Jacob Blake. ”
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, released Blake’s name in a statement Sunday night. He also linked the shooting to past cases of police violence against blacks.
“While we don’t have all the details yet, what we do know for sure is that he is not the first black man or person to have been mercilessly shot, wounded or killed by people responsible for law enforcement in our state or country, ”Evers wrote.
“We stand behind all those who have called for and continue to demand justice, fairness and accountability for the lives of black people in our country.”
–With files from The Associated Press
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