An Indiana woman was fatally shot earlier this month after an alleged argument between her family and a group of Black Lives Matter supporters, her family says.
The woman, 24-year-old Jessica Doty Whitaker, walked the Indianapolis Canal Walk with her fiance Jose Ramirez and two others at about 3 a.m. on July 5, when someone in her group used a racial swindle, Fox 59 reported.
A group of strangers nearby heard the comment and confronted Whitaker’s group, according to Station.
Ramirez claimed that the group called “Black Lives Matter”, to which either Whitaker or someone else in their group replied “All Lives Matter”.
There was a brief argument until the two sides separated after finding that the other was armed, Fox 59 reported. Ramirez claimed that both sides had resolved the argument before the separation.
But minutes later, someone reportedly opened fire from a nearby bridge and hit Whitaker before running away, the station said.
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“It was bruised and they went up the hill and went, we thought, but they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to get under the bridge and then she was shot,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez admitted to having returned the fire, but did not hit anyone. He told Fox 59 that he needed to explain what had happened to Whitaker’s 3-year-old son.
“It’s hard to tell him that his mother is in heaven, and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, ‘I love you, mom,'” said Ramirez.
The police have not independently verified whether the alleged “Black Lives Matter” dispute has taken place or whether the fatal shootout has been linked at all.
Fox News has made several attempts to comment on the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.
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The shootout marks the second murder in the canal in a week. The police say they will reinforce patrols there during the night.