Man fatally shot during protest at parking lot in Louisville

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June 28 (UPI) -- One man was fatally shot and another injured Saturday night during a peaceful protest at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Ky., seeking justice in the killing of Breonna Taylor

Police have not released the name of the deceased or another victim who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. And no suspect has been named.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m.

"While most protesters in the park have been largely peaceful, things changed last night when shots rang out," Louisville Sgt. Lamont Washington said. "We continue to support the peaceful exercise of free speech. However, our primary focus must be on public safety."

The park was cleared overnight.

"eaceful gatherings can continue during the day, but we will not allow people to stay overnight," police wrote in a statement at 4:05 a.m. "No tents of any kind will be allowed at any time of day."

Metro Public Works team worked overnight to pack up the dozens of tents.

Some protesters have remained at the downtown park since May 28.

"I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered," Mayor Greg Fischer said.

"It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene. My thanks to the first responders who assisted at the scene."

Taylor, who was an emergency medical technician, died in March. Police officers forced their way inside her home to serve a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. The department said officers returned gunfire when Taylor's boyfriend fired at them.

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