Dozens of Black Lives Matter protestors were fired at Monday night in Pennsylvania, one activist, Whitney Cabal, told Insider Tuesday.
One organizer of the march, who goes by Cino, was shot in the abdomen and was hospitalized overnight, said Cabal, who has spent the night in the facility’s parking
“My brain is broken. My energy is broken,” said Cabal, who was standing near Cino when the shots were fired.
Cabal, who is from Kenosha, Wisconsin — where police shot Jacob Blake was shot at least seven times in back Sunday — joined Cino and other activists as they follow Milwaukee activist Frank Nitty on a 730-mile march to Washington, DC to bring awareness to racial injustice. Nitty and the group of around 50 people are scheduled to arrive in the city on August 27, a day before the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The group, both walking and in cars, stopped to rest on the side of the road in the Juniata Township, a rural neighborhood in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, to hold a night march and plan where they would settle for the night.
Cabal said she was dancing at the time when she heard several pops in the distance and asked if it was gunshots, but was assured it was likely fireworks.
“All of a sudden, we see this older white man come hurling out of the bushes, and he’s firing at us,” Cabal told Insider. “I was crouching behind my car door.”
Cabal said at that point, Cino tried to talk to the man telling him to go back in the house and demonstrators made their way back to their cars. The man was yelling back.