Fox Recalls Louisville Gunman Was Stopped by Armed Bystander

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Cross posted to the MRC's NewsBusters blog

Over the past couple of days, the dominant left-leaning media have again demonstrated a tendency to ignore gun owners who intervene to fight back against violent criminals as most national news shows ignored the fact that an alleged gunman in Louisville, Kentucky, Steven Lopez, was taken down by a bystander with a gun who shot him in the leg.

So far, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends is the only national news show to inform their viewers of this key detail of a story about one of the liberal protest gatherings that got out of  hand.

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On Monday morning, Fox news reader Gillian Mele recalled, "A protester now charged with murder in a deadly shooting at a Louisville demonstration," and, after video from the shootout, added: "Steven Lopez is accused of firing on the crowd. He was arrested and hospitalized after being shot by a bystander. Lopez had been arrested at another protest less than two weeks ago."

On Sunday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Kathy Park recalled that Lopez was in the hospital under arrest, but did not divulge any details on who was responsible for putting him there by confronting him:

A witness capturing the chaos Saturday night after the gunman appears to fire several shots into the crowd, sending people scrambling for cover. Police say 27-year-old victim Tyler Girth died last night, and a second victim is recovering. The gunman is in custody at a local hospital. Police did not release the suspect's name.

On Monday morning's First Look on MSNBC, anchor Yasmin Vossoughian similarly noted that the gunman was being held at the hospital without clarifying who was responsible for putting him there.

On Sunday's World News Tonight, ABC correspondent Janai Norman gave no details on how the alleged gunman was stopped as she recounted:

A witness capturing the chaos Saturday night after the gunman appears to fire several shots into the crowd, sending people scrambling for cover. Police say 27-year-old victim Tyler Girth died last night, and a second victim is recovering. The gunman is in custody at a local hospital. Police did not release the suspect's name.

On the CBS Weekend News, anchor Jamie Yuccas only ran a brief on the story:

New protests this weekend over racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd. At least two ended violently. In Louisville, Kentucky, a gunman opened fire on a group of demonstrators demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. One man was killed, another person wounded.

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Relevant transcripts follow:

Fox New Channel

Fox & Friends

June 29, 2020

6:15 a.m. Eastern

GILLIAN MELE: A protester now charged with murder in a deadly shooting at a Louisville demonstration

(Video footage of shootout scene)

Boy, you can hear the gunshots at a park where people gather to protest the death of Breonna Taylor. Steven Lopez is accused of firing on the crowd. He was arrested and hospitalized after being shot by a bystander. Lopez had been arrested at another protest less than two weeks ago.

(…)

MSNBC

First Look

June 29, 2020

5:40 a.m.

YASMIN VOSSOUGHIAN: At least one person was killed and another was injured in a shooting in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, Saturday night at the site of ongoing protests over the death of Breonna Taylor. Videos posted online showing a man standing on the edge of Jefferson Square Park firing more than a dozen shots that sent protesters scrambling for shelter among tents and park benches.

Police say that then they received calls that members of the sheriff's department were performing life-saving measures on 27-year-old Tyler Girth, who later died at the scene. Police later received reports of another shooting nearby, and that the person who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

According to the interim Louisville Metro Police chief, a man believed to the aggressor was in custody at a hospital. He was identified yesterday by authorities and was charged with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment.

(…)

NBC

Nightly News

June 28, 2020

Now to a night of protests that turned deadly in Kentucky. A gunman opened fire on a park filled with demonstrators, and it was all caught on camera. Kathy Park has the story. And  a warning: Some of the images are disturbing.

KATHY PARK: Tonight, this Louisville park where protesters have demanded the justice for Breonna Taylor is now the scene of a shooting. A witness capturing the chaos Saturday night after the gunman appears to fire several shots into the crowd, sending people scrambling for cover. Police say 27-year-old victim Tyler Girth died last night, and a second victim is recovering. The gunman is in custody at a local hospital. Police did not release the suspect's name.

ROBERT SCHROEDER, LOUISVILLE POLICE INTERIM CHIEF: This man had been participating in the protests since they began, and he had been arrested a couple of times over the past several weeks.

PARK: This night of violence follows months of protests for police accountability after Taylor was killed in her home by Kentucky police serving a no-knock warrant. ...

(…)

ABC

World News Tonight

June 28, 2020

TOM LLAMAS: Now to a deadly shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, at the park where protesters have been calling for justice in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Several shots fired, and tonight a suspect is in custody. Here's ABC's Janai Norman.

JANAI NORMAN: Tonight, just-released surveillance video shows the night when protesters run for their lives in Louisville as the man in the backpack raises his right arm, appearing to open fire. It's silent here, but witnesses capturing the terrifying sound of gunshots during what had been a peaceful protest into chaos, leaving one man dead, another wounded. … Suspect Steven Lopez charged with murder.

ROBERT SCHROEDER, LOUISVILLE POLICE INTERIM CHIEF: He had been arrested a couple of times over the past several weeks. He had repeatedly been asked by other members in the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior.

NORMAN: The encampment established weeks ago demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, the Louisville EMT who was fatally shot by police in her own apartment. As protesters call for the officers involved to be charged, police now citing last night's violence to clear out the tents and ban overnight protests. ...

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CBS

CBS Weekend News

June 28, 2020

JAMIE YUCCAS: New protests this weekend over racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd. At least two ended violently. In Louisville, Kentucky, a gunman opened fire on a group of demonstrators demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. One man was killed, another person wounded.

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