Around 10 p.m. on Thursday night, two pedestrians were shot near the intersection of Bunker Hill and Cesar Chavez avenues, NBC Los Angeles reports. One was killed, a second was hospitalized with injuries. Witnesses at the scene report that the men were part of their group walking home from nonviolent Black Lives Matter protests held downtown earlier in the evening.
The shooting is described as a drive-by, with a gray van pulling up to the men on the street and someone in the vehicle firing.
“They opened the door, they had a big black gun… and they shot two shots,” a witness told NBC. “I ran immediately, I turn around, [one victim was] on the ground and [the other] guy [sat down on the sidewalk].”
Earlier in the day, a Newport Beach man, Travis Patrick White, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats after he brandished a gun at protesters in that city, and then posted a video online in which he calls for others to “get together, get our weapons, and kick these [protesters] out of our cities.”
Armed groups, some of them linked to white supremacist organizations, have made appearances at other protests around the county.
On Sunday night, another man was fatally shot just blocks away, on Olympic Boulevard. While the Los Angeles Times reports that it was not immediately clear if the victim in that case was a protester or not, it did take place in the vicinity of the demonstrations.
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