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One dead after shooting at protesters in Detroit during Floyd rally

One person was killed in Detroit, Michigan, after someone in a vehicle fired shots into a crowd of demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck while he was handcuffed.

The shooting occurred near Detroit’s Greektown entertainment district as officers were confronted with dozens of protesters., said Detroit police department spokeswoman Nicole Kirkwood.

The victim was a 19-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the hospital, Kirkwood said.

The shooting took place after President Donald Trump fueled racial tensions with his provocative comments criticizing the massive protests in Minneapolis.  

Twitter accused Trump of “glorifying violence” on Thursday after he tweeted: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

White House placed on lockdown 

The White House was placed on lockdown after demonstrators gathered outside the building to protest Floyd’s death.

The US Secret Service ordered the lockdown on Friday evening as over 100 people gathered outside the building’s gates, with reports of some burning American flags.

The measure was taken while a dozen reporters were still inside the White House, according to NBC News.

In a separate rally in the US capital, over 2,000 protestors moved to the Trump International Hotel, chanting “we can’t breathe” and “no justice, no peace” as well as carrying a variety of signs.

Others gathered near 14th and U streets in Northwest, temporarily blocking an intersection before heading to the White House. 

Around 9:30 pm local time, a group of diverse protesters moved towards Congress and blocked nearby traffic at the 395/695 interchange.

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