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A lawyer who was reportedly participating in a small George Floyd-related street protest allegedly shot a driver in the head on Thursday evening in downtown Alamosa, Colo. The driver is reportedly on life support.
The victim is identified by several news outlets as Danny Pruitt, 49, reportedly a disabled military veteran and single father.
Cops arrested defense attorney James Marshall, 27, on a slew of charges about three hours later in connection with the shooting.
Although an investigation is ongoing into this extremely disturbing incident, Alamosa cops say there is no evidence thus far that Pruitt tried to drive his vehicle into or through the group, despite what some of the demonstrators apparently claimed.
In the incident in the southern Colorado municipality about 230 miles from Denver, the driver arrived at an intersection when sign-holding protesters were conducting their demonstration, KRDO, NewsChannel 13, explained about the surveillance footage it obtained.
“The video shows about a dozen protesters were lining Main Street with signs in hand. A black truck pulls up and as the driver goes through the crosswalk. That’s when a protester reaches in their pocket and pulls out what police say is a gun. The surveillance video shows the protester aim the object at the passenger side window of the truck. Within 11 seconds of nearing the crosswalk, the trucks comes to a halt in the middle of the intersection. Protesters immediately scatter…”
ALAMOSA SHOOTING: This surveillance video obtained by KRDO shows the moments surrounding the shooting at an Alamosa protest, starting at about 0:18. [WARNING: Some viewers may find this disturbing.] More: https://t.co/deTaRs233N pic.twitter.com/A1DxbUAx4K
— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) June 6, 2020
The truck then sat in the middle of the intersection for about 2-1/2 minutes before driving off.
Cops located Pruitt, who suffered a gunshot wound but was initially alert, about a half-mile down the road. They transported him to a local hospital, and he was later transferred to a larger Colorado Springs facility for further treatment.
Pruitt is reportedly in critical condition with a bullet in his brain. His niece has set up a GoFundMe page for the benefit of her uncle and his young daughter.
According to the page, “Danny was on his way to get dinner, when his vehicle was swarmed by protesters. One protester decided to make a calculated decision, shooting through Danny’s driver side window, the bullet hitting Danny in the back of the head.”
Pursuant to a city of Alamosa press release, Marshall was charged with attempted second-degree homicide, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a firearm, and prohibited use of weapons. He is already out of jail on a $60,000 bond.
Police have not yet identified a motive in the shooting in what was otherwise described as a peaceful protest. Violence has obviously accompanied many of these protests in the big cities, but is out of character in small-town America.