Kenosha Shooting Victim Jacob Blake Grew Up In Winston-Salem

Kenosha Shooting Victim Jacob Blake Grew Up In Winston-Salem

2:43pm Aug 25, 2020
A protester attempts to continue standing through a cloud of tear gas fired by police outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Protesters converged on the county courthouse during a second night of clashes after the police shooting of Jacob Blake a day earlier turned Kenosha into the nation's latest flashpoint city in a summer of racial unrest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A man whose shooting by police in Wisconsin has sparked national outrage was raised in Winston-Salem. 

A bystander captured cellphone video of the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake Sunday in Kenosha, a town of about 100,000 people. It comes three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police led to protests that swept the country.

Blake’s father tells the Chicago Sun-Times that his son grew up in Winston-Salem, where he described him as a “happy little dude.” In middle school, he moved to Evanston, Illinois.

Blake’s father, also named Jacob, says his son comes from a large family and has six children of his own.

The elder Blake says his son is paralyzed from the waist down and had eight holes in his body. He didn’t know if the paralysis would be permanent.

Kenosha police have not said why they opened fire.

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