Man sought in Confederate flag rally shooting in Florida
Ocala police release video of man carrying gun
OCALA, Fla. – Ocala police on Tuesday released video showing a man (pictured below) wanted for questioning, possibly in connection with a shooting at a Confederate flag rally over the weekend.
No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred Sunday in a neighborhood near the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, where people were gathered for the rally.
Ocala police said management of the Ocala Place Apartments discovered video on Monday of a man carrying a long gun through the complex during the same time that shots were heard.
"We are looking to identify this subject," Ocala police said. "We have no idea if the shots were fired up in the air, toward the Livestock Pavilion (or) into the ground. We won't know the motivation until we interview the shooter."
Police estimated that 2,000 vehicles, mostly motorcycles and trucks adorned with the rebel flag, took part in the event, which was organized to show support for Marion County's decision to return the Confederate flag to a display in front of its government complex.
The ride was rerouted away from the city's Northwoods neighborhood after some residents threatened to shoot into the procession.
Participants wore shirts with phrases including "Heritage not hate" and talked of defending a way of life rooted in Southern traditions.
"This isn't about hatred. This isn't about racism. This isn't about black and white," a participant said. "We are not in hate of anybody. We just don't want our rights taken away to support our Southern heritage."
"It's a history thing. The flag is also a military flag. It's not a race symbol," participant Rick Hart said.
A replica of the General Lee car from "The Dukes of Hazard" TV show led the procession.
The Florida rally came weeks after the shooting deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that spurred a national debate about the flying of the Confederate flag. On Friday, South Carolina removed the flag from a flagpole near its Statehouse. The man charged in the Charleston shooting is shown in pictures with the Confederate flag and police say he was motivated by hate.
Meantime, in Congress, lawmakers are debating a measure to block the display of the flag at federal cemeteries.
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