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Louisville protesters shot while calling for justice for Breonna Taylor

Around 500 to 600 demonstrators marched through the Kentucky city's downtown streets on Thursday night

Breonna Taylor during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky
Breonna Taylor during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky

At least seven people were shot on Thursday night in Louisville as protesters turned out to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March.

Louisville Metro Police confirmed in a statement early on Friday that there were at least seven shooting victims - one of whom is in a critical condition.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe statement said there were some arrests, but police did not provide a number. Police had initially confirmed reports of gunfire around 11.30pm.

Police spokesman Sgt Lamont Washington told The Associated Press that all seven were civilians.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAround 500 to 600 demonstrators marched through the Kentucky city's downtown streets on Thursday night, the Courier Journal reported.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"Understandably, emotions are high," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted just before midnight, sharing a Facebook post asking for peace that he said was written on behalf of Ms Taylor's mother. "As Breonna's mother says, let's be peaceful as we work toward truth and justice."

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMs Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical tech, was shot eight times on March 13 after Louisville narcotics detectives knocked down the front door. No drugs were found in the home.

Attention on Ms Taylor's death has intensified after her family sued the police department earlier this month. The case has attracted national headlines alongside the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighbourhood in February.

Thursday's demonstration came as protesters across the country - from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee, to New York to Minneapolis itself - have demonstrated against the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAround 12.20am, Mr Fischer tweeted a video that he said was a message from Ms Taylor's family.

"Louisville, thank you so much for saying Breonna's name tonight. We are not going to stop until we get justice," a woman says in the video. "But we should stop tonight before people get hurt. Please go home, be safe and be ready to keep fighting."

Meanwhile, live video from downtown Louisville around 12.30am shows some protesters behind makeshift wooden barricades, which appeared to be made out of picnic tables spray-painted with the words "you can't kill us all". Police in body armour and face shields held batons and lined up around Louisville City Hall. They appeared to fire rubber bullets and deploy teargas canisters, fogging the air and inducing coughs among the remaining members of the crowd.

Chants from protesters early on Friday included "No justice, no peace" and "Whose streets? Our streets".