Denver Patriot Muster Rally Shooting Leaves One Dead Near BLM-Antifa Counter Protests

A Patriot Muster rally ended tragically after a television channel's private security guard shot a protester at point-blank range outside the Denver Art Museum. The television's camera crew captured the tragic moment the security guard pulled the trigger after the rally goer maced him. Denver police said that an altercation preceded the shooting.

Initial reports suggested that the shooter was a participant of a communists' counter-protest called "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive," taking place parallel to the patriots' rally. Denver Police Department (DPD) investigating officer, Joe Montonya, later clarified the shooter was not affiliated with the agitators.

"We don't want any erroneous information going out, any speculation," Montoya said. "That's what gets everybody angry and motivated to commit more violence, and that's what we're trying to prevent."

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Police presence was high in the area to maintain peace between the rival groups.

"There was a large presence because we had two groups with opposing views, and we know that can always get very tense, and there's always potential for violence," Montoya said.

Police rushed to the scene with guns drawn, swarming the shooter who still had the pistol in his hand. The suspect fell on his knees, dropping the pistol before the officers detained him. Two guns and a mace were recovered from the scene. A second 9News staffer was taken into custody but later released after authorities could not connect him to the shooting.

'A 9NEWS employee and a 9NEWS contractor were taken into custody,' the TV channel released a statement. 'The private security guard was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests.'

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries. DPD classified the shooting as a homicide and opened an investigation.

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