A young black protestor lost his life after being shot dead outside a bar in Omaha as unrest across the nation engulfed the Nebraska city.
According to the Daily Beast, 22-year-old James Scurlock was killed by an unidentified bar owner over the weekend.
While the identity of the shooter was not revealed, Omaha World-Herald and KMTV both identified him as Jake Gardner, owner of two bars—The Hive and The Gatsby—on the street where it happened.
According to the reports, Gardner “described himself as a libertarian, a former Marine who was deployed to Iraq and Haiti, and a volunteer for the Trump campaign in 2016.”
Scurlock’s father called for justice as the city braced for another night of chaos.
“Last night I lost a son, my wife lost a son, my kids lost a brother,” the grieving dad, who has the same name, told reporters at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Visitors Center,
“His daughter lost a father. All because he decided to protest against racism. There’s a lot of speculation and rumors about how this happened. I don’t really care to be honest. My family wants closure and peace.
“What we want is for this to go to court and get a full prosecution. We want this to go with justice and go peacefully,” he added.
Omaha Police Dept. has identified the Downtown Omaha shooting victim as James Scurlock, 22. They didn’t identify the shooter and are reviewing evidence and videos from the scene.@3NewsNowOmaha pic.twitter.com/mIo7DN4EFZ
— Jake Wasikowski (@jakewasikowski) May 31, 2020
You can read more on the incident HERE.