ARMED with an AK-47 rifle, Garrett Foster was killed after being shot three times while attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin.
Foster, who was killed Saturday night, seemed to predict his death during a live interview with independent journalist Hiram Gilberto Garcia via Periscope.
Foster was killed after being shot three times while attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin[/caption]
In the video, Foster is seen wearing a hat and face covering and is holding an AK-47 rifle in front of himself.
In Texas, it is legal to openly carry a rifle, such as an AK-47, without a license, Dallas News reported.
“They don’t let us march in the streets anymore, so I got to practice some of our rights,” He said in the video “If I use it against the cops, I’m dead.”
During the protest later that night, Foster was reportedly pushing his fiancee, Whitney Mitchell, in a wheelchair moments before he approached a car was shot three times by its driver.
Foster was reportedly pushing his fiancee, Whitney Mitchell, in a wheelchair moments before his death[/caption]
Witnesses said that, during the event, a car sounded its horned before turning onto a road where Black Lives Matter protesters were gathered and heading in their direction.
Foster walked towards the vehicle holding a rifle and was shot by the driver before the car turned and sped away, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Footage of the incident shows dozens of people marching through a city street chanting “Fists up! Fight back!” and holding signs reading “BLM.”
A car horn is then heard, prompting many of the protesters to pause and clear the road before a series of gunshots sound.
Foster was taken to hospital by emergency services but was later pronounced dead.
A GoFundMe raising money for funeral expenses, mental health care and for Mitchell’s care has raised over $100,000.
Accounts of what happened Saturday night reportedly vary[/caption]
Austin police are investigating the incident as accounts of what happened Saturday night reportedly vary.
Police said the driver fired at Foster after he pointed his rifle at the driver.
The two men who shot at Foster reported themselves to police after the shooting.
According to KUT 90.5, both men have been released after questioning.
Austin Police were unable provide additional information to The Sun after a request over the phone.
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