A man is fighting for his life after he was brutally shot in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin policeman.
Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Black man was shot multiple times in the back in fron of his kids who were sitting in his SUV.
He underwent surgery Sunday night and was in stable condition Monday, his family and attorney said.
A bystander’s video of the incident appears to show the officer grab Blake by the back of his shirt as he tried to get into a small SUV, then shoot him seven times at point-blank range. The shooting led to unrest in Kenosha on Sunday night.
“We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police,” nationally known civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said in a news release.
“Even worse, his three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets,” said Crump, who is representing Blake. “It’s a miracle he’s still alive.”
In an interview later Monday, Crump said Blake remained in stable condition.
“At this point, we’re still waiting for the facts to be confirmed,” Crump told the Journal Sentinel. “But we know what we saw in that video, and it was clearly an excessive use of force that was shocking and outrageous and devastating and nobody’s more devastated than his three sons.”
Blake’s sons, who were inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting, are ages 8, 5 and 3, Crump said.
“You can only imagine the psychological problems these babies are going to have for the rest of their lives,” he said.
Blake’s family launched an online fundraising effort Monday, quickly raising more than $150,000 in donations by late afternoon. A regional representative with GoFundMe confirmed the account was authentic.
“As we fight for justice and understanding, our family has and will face many trials during this time,” the family wrote on the GoFundMe website. “Jacob Blake is a loving father of six that deserves proper medical attention and legal representation.”