Jacob Blake, the African-American man shot multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been left paralyzed from the waist down, his family said Tuesday.
According to family attorney, Ben Crump, it’s unlikely Blake will ever be able to walk.
“It’s going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again,” Crump said.
Representatives for the family told reporters bullets caused damage to several of Blake’s internal organs and severed his spinal cord.
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Blake’s father described the shooting as a “senseless attempted murder.”
“They shot my son seven times — seven times like he didn’t matter, but my son matters,” an emotional Jacob Blake Sr. said. “He’s a human being and he matters.” Moments after speaking, he broke down in tears.
“The pain in his father, can you imagine? This is real,” said Crump.
The shooting occurred on Sunday, Aug. 23, when Blake was attempting to return to his car after reportedly breaking up an argument between two people.
In a viral video recorded by a bystander, Blake is shown walking around the front of a gray SUV with two officers behind him. As Blake enters the driver’s side of his car, the nearest officer grabs his tank top and shots are heard. Blake did not appear to have anything in his hands.
Crump has previously said Blake’s three sons, ages 8, 5, and 3, were inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting and have been left traumatized.
The shooting has sparked protests across the country, similar to when George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and numerous others were killed by police.
Blake’s mother called for an end to the violence that has occurred during some of the protests in Wisconsin.
“My son has been fighting for his life and we just really need prayers,” his mother, Julia Jackson, said. “As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. That doesn’t reflect my son or my family.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation said the officers involved have been put on administrative leave.