A man has been shot dead while taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Texas.
Garrett Foster was the man who was fatally shot – and according to his mother he had protested almost every day for the past 50 with his fiance.
The suspect, who has since been arrested and is co-operating with officers, reportedly tried to drive through the crowd of spectators before opening fire.
Garrett Foster was murdered last night peacefully protesting at a BLACK LIVES MATTER protest in Austin, Texas with his fiance, whitney, who is a quadruple amputee because of serious medical negligence.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) July 26, 2020
She was thrown off her wheelchair and he was shot 3 times.
SAY HIS NAME 😭 pic.twitter.com/q13r3JR35u
One witness said the car drove into the crowd of protesters at high speed – and claimed it is a miracle that nobody was hit.
Foster was rushed to hospital following the shooting but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
At the time of writing it remains unclear exactly what led to the shooting, however one officer has suggested that Foster may have approached the vehicle with his rifle and that the suspect shot him from his car.
Last night, Garrett Foster was murdered in Austin, Texas.— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) July 26, 2020
Garrett was pushing his wife's wheelchair at #BlackLivesMatter march when a man drove into the march and shot Garrett.
Rest in power, Garrett. pic.twitter.com/1YicugNE2J
Shortly before he was killed, Foster was interviewed while carrying an AK-47 rifle. He claimed he started bringing it to protests after his friend was arrested.
Foster was protesting alongside his fiancé, Whitney Mitchell, who is a quadruple amputee at the time of his death.
Tonight, we lost Garrett Foster in Austin. A fellow Texan. A white man who was standing up for his black wife, a paraplegic black woman.— Shane Morris (@IamShaneMorris) July 26, 2020
There is only one response to this: Keep showing up and being armed against fascists. Never backing down. Real talk, this shit got me crying. pic.twitter.com/3582ZaQHjE
Foster also worked as her carer for around ten years.
Rest in peace.