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- May 26, 2020
- United Kingdom
One dead after gunfire at downtown Denver rallies; private security guard on contract by 9News in custody
Less than a month before the presidential election, left and right-wing groups on Saturday faced off during dueling rallies in downtown Denver.
One person has died and two people are in custody after a shooting during dueling protests Saturday in downtown Denver, according to police and media reports.
A man participating in what was billed as a “Patriot Rally” that also included a presence of self-described BLM-Antifa protesters, sprayed mace at another man and that man shot him with a handgun. Ambulances responded to the scene. Police said Saturday afternoon they were working on a homicide investigation.
An hour in, police had fired what appeared to be pepper balls after people from the leftist group started rattling a barrier headed into the amphitheater.
The “Patriot Rally” in Civic Center was organized by John Tiegen, an El Paso County resident with a large social media following, who tweeted earlier this month that “(BLM, Antifa and related Marxist associations are assaulting everything we love and cherish about this country.”
The counterprotest has been billed by organizers on Facebook as a “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive.”