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July 2, 2020

DAILYKENN.com -- Photographer and social-justice advocate, Tyler Gerth, was shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Reports say Gerth was documenting a demonstration in Jefferson Square Park when he was fatally shot in the head. He was 27 years old. 

Gerth was a beloved advocate for at-risk black teens in the area and was affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, according to wlky.com.

Arrested is 23-year-old Steven Nelson Lopez.

Lopez had been arrested twice before for rioting-related charges. Both arrests occurred within two weeks prior to the shooting.

The suspect is seen in a surveillance video shooting a handgun into the crowd. 

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The man accused of fatally shooting a local photographer at Jefferson Square Saturday night had been arrested twice before for rioting related charges.

WAVE 3 News has learned the suspect’s name is Steven Nelson Lopez. He’s been in police custody since the shooting occurred Saturday around 9 p.m. He’s been charged with one count of murder and one count of wanton endangerment first degree.

Lopez, who had been camping at Jefferson Square had been asked to leave earlier in the day by other protesters for his "disruptive behavior" Mayor Greg Fischer said during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

According to an arrest report, LMPD officers notified MetroSafe of multiple gunshots fired in Jefferson Square Park around 8:59 p.m. Officers responded on scene at this time to find a victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim was found unresponsive lying in the middle of the park near a concrete wall.

Lopez, according to the report, was seen shooting a firearm into a large crowd of people at the park. The gunfire struck the victim, later revealed by the coroner as Tyler Gerth.

Gerth was shot in the head and pronounced dead on scene by officers.

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