Who is Jacob Blake and why was he shot in Kenosha?

RIOTS have broken out in Wisconsin after an unarmed black man was shot seven times by a white police officer – in front of his children.

But who is Jacob Blake, and why was he shot in Kenosha?

Who is Jacob Blake?

Jacob Blake is a 29-year-old black man, who was shot by a white police man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

He was unarmed – and was shot seven times in the back, in front of his children.

A video circulating on social media showed the man walking towards a car followed by two officers and one of them shooting him in front of his kids as he opens the car door.

What happened to him?

The shooting happened at about 5pm local time in Kenosha as officers were responding to a "domestic incident".

Witnesses said Blake was trying to break up an argument between women in a home nearby.

Blake was immediately taken to a hospital by the police, according to a statement issued by the Kenosha police department.

Jacob Blake is now fighting for his life in hospital.

What has the response been?

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers identified the victim as Jacob Blake in a statement released shortly after the incident occurred.

Evers said Blake was critically injured when he was shot multiple times.

He said: "Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbours in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries.

"While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country."

Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney who is representing the family of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the knee of a fired Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day, shared a video from the incident on Twitter.

He also said Blake's three sons were in the car. 

Furious crowds have gathered at the scene and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, according to reports in social media.

Multiple fires were set at the scene by a crowd that gathered to protest against the incident, according to reports.

Some rioters smashed squad cars and one police officer collapsed to the pavement after he was hit with a brick

The unrest has prompted the County of Kenosha to declare a state of emergency.

A city-wide curfew was imposed until 7am.

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