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Alabama Man In Custody After Reportedly Bringing Out Gun, Shouting 'Womp Womp' At Families-Together Rally

Shane Sealy was seen running away after protesters yelled “firearm!” 

By Samira Sadeque

A man reportedly brandishing a gun interrupted a protest against President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy in Huntsville, Ala. Saturday, shouting “Womp Womp!”

The man, identified as Shane Ryan Sealy, 34, by WHNTNews19, a local news station in Huntsville, is seen in a video posted by a James Robinson, jumping in front of a gazebo at the Big Spring Park rally and shouting.

The term "womp womp" is now synonymous with President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. 

Lewandowski recently used the term to mock the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who had been separated from her family after illegally crossing the border.

On Saturday, thousands of people marched for the Families Belong Together rally in cities across the country to protest against President Trump’s immigration policies. The rally in Huntsville was organized at the Big Spring Park, with about 160 attendees, according to an event page on Facebook.

Sealy, a former Grissom High School teacher, showed up as a counter-protester. Robinson, who shot the video, told CNN that the man initially appeared to be "like any other person in the crowd," until his shouting escalated into brandishing a firearm. 

Because of heavy police presence in the area, officers arrived at the scene almost immediate, according to CNN.  
In another video by a woman identified as Melissa Parker, Sealy is seen running away as protesters follow him and yell “Gun! Gun!” and “Firearm!” moments before police arrive at the scene. Parker's video was shared by WAFF48 News, another local news station in Huntsville. 

A person from behind the camera is heard saying “Oh my god! He just showed a gun!”

Heather Resendez, one of the co-organizers of the rally, told WAFF48News that Sealy warned he would “shoot everybody.”

"We all dropped to the ground crying," Ava Caldwell, another one of the co-organizers of the protest, told WHNTNews19.

Police told the news website that Sealy drew his gun after having an altercation with someone at the protest site, although it is not clear from the video who the altercation was with.

He was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment, according to reports by CNN and WHNTNews19. Alabama law dictates that no individual, other than a law enforcement personnel, is allowed to be in possession of a firearm when attending a protest in a public location.

He was released from Madison County Jail Saturday night, according to CNN. 

[Photo: Shane Ryan Sealy: Madison County Sheriff's Office]