66-year-old Larry Russell Dawson, a Tennessee pastor, has been at the U.S Capitol three times to protest and advocate for a $15 minimum wage.
The police captured 66-year-old active shooter Larry Russell Dawson, a pastor from Tennessee, after he fired shots Monday near the east side of the Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol. Dawson was armed with a pellet gun when he was shot by the police. Fortunately, he has survived. Shortly after the shooting he’s been rushed to the Washington Hospital Center. He underwent surgery after being seriously injured. Within the hour, the man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assaulting an officer while armed.
After the incident the capitol was on lockdown for a few hours. The police and officials understood that the old man doesn’t constitute any danger to the White house.
Recently the details about Dawson’s motivations have emerged. The 66-year-old preacher has been at the U.S Capitol before protesting and advocating for a $15 minimum wage. He was no stranger to the Capitol; he has gone there approximately three times.
“The movement now is to get the U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00. I have been to Washington, DC. three (3) times this year pushing for a raise in the minimum wage. We ask you to help us, by giving a donation of any amount, as we began our ministry. And push for the raise in the minimum wage. Thank you for your support. May God bless you in your giving.” – he said in a Church statement.
In October 2015, Larry Dawson interrupted a House of Representatives session.
It’s a disturbing sign, when a man has to take a desperate step and fire shots at the Capitol to draw attention to the problems of low-income Americans, just because the government doesn’t want to take appropriate measures.