Garrett Foster has died after a shooting incident during protest in Austin, Texas, according to a statement posted online on Jul. 26, 2020.
Mr. Foster was carrying an AK-47 rifle as he joined a Black Lives Matter demonstration blocks from the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Gun-rights supporters on both the left and the right often carry rifles at protests in Texas, a state whose liberal gun laws allow it.
Later that night, Mr. Foster was fatally shot, but not by the police. The authorities said he was killed by a motorist who had a confrontation with protesters. The New York Times reported.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Vincent Menic Kasa wrote
So the driver was defending himself. Makes sense
Dawn Higgs wrote
In Texas everyone has a gun. No surprise when people get shot.
Lee J Ellison wrote
Manley said the driver and several witnesses told police Foster approached the driver side window of the vehicle and pointed an assault rifle at the driver.
The driver said they shot Foster and drove off, police said.… See More
Eloy Tellez wrote
Time, you mean protest shot at driver and he defended himself. Love you you create a false narrative which the majority of your readers will just eat up and likely defend.
John Rauzi wrote
If this doesn’t end soon violence will escalate into a civil war
Karen Tijani Portman wrote
Defunding the police doesn’t mean getting rid of the police.
Rebecca Pritchett wrote
This is extremely unfortunate. I live in the Austin area, and the victim and his fiancée had been peacefully protesting most nights from the beginning. When the car came barreling towards him, I’m sure he went into protective mode in an attempt to protect his fiancée, who is in a wheelchair.
He was pushing her across the road at the time the car appeared. If the car was stopped when he approached it, it’s possible he saw the driver had a gun as well or maybe he overreacted to the situation in an attempt to protect his very vulnerable fiancée. It’s a horrible situation all-around, no matter who was at fault. RIP
Michael Chenard wrote
Remember when using or attempting to use your vehicle to run over groups of people were considered terrorism?
Sheila Leavitt wrote
Only in America. Both shooters taken into custody and then released, while peaceful protesters are dragged into unmarked vans by unidentifiable federal thugs.
Bill Stelter wrote
He was not killed by a cop but they called the coos to investigate and protect them from any other shooters does not make sence if you preach and demand defunding of police why do you still call them when someone goes afyer you?
Karen Miguel wrote
Where the national guard once stood in formation with bayonets fixed, a line of stands for rental bikes now stretches away along South Michigan Avenue.
Andrew Lee wrote
Yeah… Nice Try. The guy who was shot was interviewed ahead of time walking the streets with an AK47 and talking tuff looking for trouble. He found what he was looking for when he shot at a Car, 5 Shots at close range and somehow missed, the man he was shooting at returned fire and put him to sleep. Stop being Hacks Time. Report the News don’t try to formulate it.