According to reports, an Army veteran is being charged with attempted murder after shooting a teenage black girl during a heated confrontation at a Trump rally in Des Moines, Iowa, last month. Michael McKinney, 25, allegedly shot the 15-year-old in the leg after firing his gun into the car carrying the victim and three other girls.
Investigators say a pro-Trump group clashed with the teens just before the shooting. As the teen got inside the vehicle, the far-right rallygoers hurled racial slurs at the teen girls. The rioters then surrounded the vehicle and attempted to tip it over.
As the vehicle with the girls inside attempted to get away, McKinney stepped forward and fired his weapon into the car. When questioned by authorities, McKinney said he fired his gun in self-defense. Further investigation into McKinney’s social media activity showed him to be a staunch supporter of the Proud Boys and featured posts against Black Lives Matter.
If convicted, McKinney could serve 25 years in prison. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.