Austin man shot and executed during Black Lives Matter peaceful protest
The suspect is in custody and helping authorities.
A man, presently distinguished as Garrett Foster, was shot and killed in Austin Saturday (July 25) evening after a driver pushed through a horde of protestors, ABC7 reports.
As indicated by police, the episode happened at about 9:50 p.m. on Fourth Street and Congress Avenue blocks from the Texas state legislative center. Witnesses state the driver blew his horn loudly, turned down Congress, and afterward plowed through the group.
Foster, who was authorized to carry, was apparently conveying an AK-47 when he moved toward the vehicle. The man driving the vehicle at that point purportedly discharged various shots with three of the bullets striking the person in question.
There were different protestors on the scene with rifles who discharged shots at the man’s vehicle as he hurried off. One observer on the scene, Hiram Gilberto, caught everything on his Facebook live stream. In the video, the march gives off an impression of being generally peaceful until a loud honking sound is heard trailed by a progression of shots and curdled shouts.
CPR was performed on Foster by EMS. He later died at Dell Seton Medical Center.
Police have arrested the supposed shooter and are examining the event as a murder. Authorities state the suspect is participating.
Foster’s mom, Sheila Foster, showed up on “Good Morning America” on Sunday (July 26) and says her child was a regular at these protests alongside his fiancée Whitney Mitchell, who he’d need to push in a wheelchair since she is a quadruple amputee.
His mother guarantees her child was pushing Mitchell’s wheelchair minutes before he was shot. Mitchell was not harmed during the shooting.
“He was doing it because he feels really strongly about justice and he’s very heavily against police brutality, and he wanted to support his fiancée,” Mrs. Foster told “GMA.”
On Sunday (July 26) morning, around 50 protestors assembled around Austin Police Department in protest.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help fund-raise for Mr. Cultivate’s memorial service costs. Up until this point, over $50,000 has been given from supporters.