Louisville, KY – Gunfire erupted in Louisville just after midnight leaving one man dead after police and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire (video below).
Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) Chief Steve Conrad told reporters that the incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. on June 1 when police and National Guard were sent to break up a crowd in the parking lot of Dino’s Food Mart at 26th and Broadway, WLKY reported.
A curfew went into effect at 9 p.m. on Sunday for the entire city following nights of rioting.
Law enforcement cracked down amidst violent demonstrating and the Kentucky National Guard was deployed to the city after seven people were shot during a protest of the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville late Thursday night.
Chief Conrad said a crowd was gathered in the parking lot hours after the city’s emergency curfew began on May 31, NBC News reported.
He said officers and soldiers were attempting to disperse the gathering when someone in the crowd opened fire on them, according to WLKY.
Cell phone video filmed by a bystander showed soldiers and police taking cover behind vehicles as the crowd screamed and ran.
Officers and soldiers returned fire and St. Louis business owner David McAtee was fatally shot, WLKY reported.
Officials have not identified who shot McAtee yet, nor said whether it was a member of the National Guard or a police officer.
LMPD has not officially identified McAtee yet either but his mother told the Courier Journal that her 53-year-old son owned the a barbecue business next door to Dino’s Food Mart.
Hundreds of peaceful protesters were gathered at the corner when McAtee died on Monday morning, including the slain man’s mother.
McAtee was active in his community and numerous community leaders joined the vigil to offer prayers and support.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has called on the Kentucky State Police to investigate the incident, WLKY reported.
Beshear said there was a lot of video evidence, including bodycam, from the exchange of gunfire and he said he wanted it to be released to the public as fast as possible.
At this point, no information has been released about whether a weapon was recovered from McAtee after the shooting or if he was at all involved with the initial shots fired at police.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: