A private security guard working for a TV station was in custody after a person died in a shooting during fencing protests in downtown Denver.
The shooting happened shortly before 3:50 PM. At Civic Center Park after a man participating in what he called a “Patriot Rally” sprayed the scepter on another man, the Denver Post reported. That man then shot the other person with a pistol near the yard outside the Denver Museum of Art, according to a Denver Post journalist who witnessed the incident.
Kusa TV said the man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died an hour later. KUSA TV said on its website that it had contracted the private security guard who was arrested in connection with the shooting. “It has been the custom for 9NEWS for a number of months to employ private security to accompany employees in the protests,” the station said.
Denver Police Department Chief Joe Montoya told the newspaper that police were unable to confirm the affiliation of the shooter or the victim, but said the incident began as a verbal altercation. Montoya said two rifles were found at the scene, along with a mace box.
The Patriot Rally was one of two rallies that took place around the same time in the park. A counter-demonstration called “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” was held nearby.
The newspaper reported that demonstrators from the right-wing Patriot Party gathered in the amphitheater of the park and sometimes chanted patriotic songs and raised banners.
The newspaper added that the protesters in the left wing “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” raised flags and banners against the Nazis and white supremacists as they gathered in the center of the park, several hundred feet from the fortified amphitheater.