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3 Black militia members injured in negligent gun discharge, may result in charges


Louisville police say a weapon discharge by a Black militia member that injured three people Saturday is being investigated as a negligent shooting - not an accident - and could result in criminal charges.

Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, three people were shot in Baxter Park after a member of the NFAC (Not F***ing Around Coalition) unintentionally discharged a gun during a demonstration. According to police, everyone injured was also part of NFAC.

Police spokesman Lamont Washington said Sunday that one of the people shot had a "minor injury," another was in serious but stable condition and the third has been moved to the ICU but is expected to survive.

Washington, who said he could not release an incident report because an investigation is ongoing, said no charges are being issued, yet.

It's unclear what type of gun was involved or how it was discharged.

The NFAC announced early last week that the group would be coming to Louisville to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in March.

In response to the NFAC's announcement, the Three Percenters, who identify as a prepper group but are called a militia by the Southern Poverty Law Center, announced later in the week that it would have "boots on the ground" in Louisville.

Both came to Louisville Saturday.

Over the course of the day, 11 people were arrested. Their charges include First Degree evading, First Degree wanton endangerment, obstructing a roadway and interfering with a governmental operation. Of the 11, four were from Louisville, and two were from Ohio and North Carolina, respectively. It's not clear where the others were from.

Police said earlier protesters marched to Lynn Family Stadium from Jefferson Square Park Saturday night and "some of the protesters forced entry into one of the stadium gates."

From there, according to police, they went to the Big Four Bridge and blocked the road with cars, drove in the wrong direction and "began to throw bottles at police."