Just moments ago, a man was reportedly shot in the back in the same place where massive protests broke out in Baltimore last week. According to a Fox News crew that was on the scene, the man was running from police when he was shot by an officer.
However, Baltimore police initially claimed that the man was shot after trying to throw a gun onto the ground. The gun allegedly went off after it hit the ground:
BREAKING: #Baltimore police tell CNN man accidentally shot himself after trying to throw gun.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) May 4, 2015
Then, they disputed the report of a shooting altogether:
Media Advisory: The reports of a shooting in the area of North Ave / Pennsylvania Ave are unfounded.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) May 4, 2015
The injured man was quickly loaded onto an ambulance and carried away—his condition is unknown as of now.
On the scene—at Penn and North, which was the center of the destructive protests from a week earlier—crowds converged on the man who had been shot, and in turn police began deploying pepper spray to disperse the people (watch a recording of the moments after right here):
This story is still developing—as of now what truly happened is unconfirmed. But for a community that just went through so much (and was finally seeing the other side, with the curfew officially being lifted yesterday), this situation is devastating, and it may cause the community to revert to the modes of expression they employed last Monday. Especially if there's a sense that Baltimore police are trying to cover up a shooting.
UPDATE, May 4, 3:41 p.m. ET: Fox News has apologized for reporting that the man was shot by a police officer:
FINAL UPDATE: Fox News anchor apologizes for error regarding report of black man being shot in Baltimore by police.— Breaking News Feed (@PzFeed) May 4, 2015
Considering that a Fox News crew stated that they were witnesses to what happened though, it's unclear if they're stating that their report was erroneous because Baltimore police refuted it.
UPDATE, May 4, 3:46 p.m. ET: Baltimore police claim no one was even shot, and are asking the media to get the word out:
This question still remains though:
UPDATE, May 4, 3:55 p.m. ET: Here's a Baltimore PD spokesperson speaking about the incident:
UPDATE, May 4, 4:13 p.m. ET: After initially reporting on the possible shooting, Fox News' Shep Smith gave an awkward apology, saying they "screwed up." Watch here.
UPDATE, May 5, 4:48 p.m. ET: Baltimore Police have released the police report for yesterday's incident and revealed that the man involved was a 23-year-old named Robert Tucker: