Supporter at right-wing 'Patriot Rally' shot dead after macing a TV security guard at Denver protest
Protesters burn a police flag in front of police officers during dueling rallies between right and left groups in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2020. Helen H. Richardson / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post via Getty Images
A private security guard from a local television station was taken into custody after he shot another man in a rival protest by left and right groups in Denver, Colorado.
The right-wing "Patriot Rally" was hit by a group of counter-demonstrators who called their rally on Saturday "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive".
The incident occurred after a man participating in the Patriot Rally sprayed another man with a club, who then shot him with a pistol.
The shot was captured on camera by a Denver Post photojournalist.
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A private security guard is in custody after shooting another man in a rival protest by left and right groups on Saturday in Denver, Colorado.
The security guard was reportedly a contractor for local television station 9News. His website later said it had "been customary for a few months to hire private security guards to accompany employees during protests."
The shooting took place in the courtyard of the Denver Art Museum during a "Patriot Rally" hit by a group of counter-demonstrators who called their rally "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive".
According to local witnesses, the supporter participating in the "Patriot Rally" sprayed another man with a club after a verbal argument, who in return shot him with his pistol.
The incident was captured on camera by a Denver Post photojournalist who was there and witnessed the shooting.
The man who was shot was rushed to hospital but died an hour later, the Associated Press reported.
In a press conference, division chief Joe Montoya said two guns and a can of maces were found at the scene.
A man keeps his gun pointed after he fatally shot another man during dueling protests in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2020. Helen H. Richardson / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post via Getty Images
Police were unable to confirm the shooter's or victim's affiliation, but said the incident started as a verbal argument.
"We hope to get the factual information as soon as possible about what led to it - who the people involved were," said Montoya, according to the Denver Post. "We hope this information will help calm the water a bit."
The police later tweeted that the security guard had no connection to Antifa, according to the post.
Before the shooting, the protests had been largely peaceful and consisted largely of each group yelling at each other across an amphitheater that separated the two rallies.
The right-wing protesters sang patriotic songs and held up banners, while the left-wing "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive" waved flags and signs condemning Nazis and white supremacists.
Authorities have not yet identified the victim or the alleged shooter.
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