A man was shot and killed Saturday night during a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin, Texas, local officials said.
The man, who has not been identified, was shot around 9:50 p.m. Saturday and was pronounced dead at Dell Seton Medical Center, Austin Police Department spokesman Katrina Ratcliff said during a brief press conference early Sunday morning.
Ratcliff said the man “may have been carrying a rifle” when he approached the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect, who has been detained but not publicly identified, shot the man from inside the car.
Ratcliff refused questions during the press conference, which lasted barely more than a minute, but witnesses told the Austin American Statesman that the suspect behind the wheel had sped up as he approached the protest, then drove into the crowd.
“There were people around the car, yelling, and people sounding like they were frightened,” witness Michael Capochiano told the newspaper.
A Facebook Live stream from the rally also shows a car crossing an intersection where protesters were marching and chanting. As people began screaming, at least eight gunshots can be heard.
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