Two killed by gunfire as Kenosha protests erupt in violence

Two people were killed and another wounded during a third night of protests in the US city of Kenosha in Wisconsin after a police officer shot a Black man in the back seven times, paralysing him.

Gunfire at the demonstration erupted at about 11:45pm on Tuesday (04:45 GMT Wednesday) with at least three people hit, the Kenosha Police Department said.

The third gunshot victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, a statement said.

Social media video showed a gun battle among civilians with several people rushing a man with a long gun who apparently had been knocked to the ground. The video shows him firing at the people rushing towards him, one of whom falls to the ground. Several other shots are heard in the background.

The New York Times reported police were investigating whether the shooting “stemmed from a conflict between self-styled militias guarding a gas station and demonstrators”.

Earlier, police had fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters angered by the latest shooting of a Black man, whose family said he was left paralysed after being shot multiple times in the back by a white police officer.

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