3 armed militia members shot in police crossfire

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Police fire back at 3 armed militia

Three members of an armed militia were shot after a gun was (apparently accidentally) discharged at a protest calling for justice for Breonna Taylor in Louisville on Saturday afternoon. All three who were members of the NFAC, which is short for “Not F——- Around Coalition”.

The armed militia members who were marching in full military fatigues and carrying semi-automatic weapons in order to call attention to the fatal police shooting of Taylor in March had suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

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Members of NFAC hold up their firearms before a march on July 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The group is marching in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor. – Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Police had to react to bad accident.

“Today, shortly before 1:00 pm, three people were struck by gunfire as the result of a discharge of someone’s gun who was participating in the NFAC demonstration at Baxter Park,” Louisville Metro’s interim Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said in a statement. “Louisville Division of Fire and LMEMS arrived a short time later and transported all three victims to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All involved are members of the NFAC and there are no outstanding suspects.”

Louisville police released surveillance footage of the shooting that showed dozens of members of the NFAC milling around in the park when the apparently accidental discharge takes place and a few people drop to the ground injured. The police said the investigation into the shooting was ongoing

“This is a tragic situation that could have been much worse,” Schroeder added. “I encourage anyone choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights to do so responsibly.”

Louisville police had said they were ready for demonstrations in the city on Saturday and shut down roads as a precaution to allow the NFAC members and others to march.

“LMPD remains committed to peaceful expression of views under the First Amendment. As we have done for several weeks, there will be no need for police intervention as long as there is no threat to public safety,” the police said in a statement Friday. “We will not tolerate the barricading of streets by non-law enforcement, impeding traffic, or attempting to threaten or force people not involved in the protests from their intended destination.”

Counter protesters, called the Thee Percenters, also appeared at Saturday’s protest.

ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.

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