Five Shot At Minneapolis Protest Site
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say five people have been shot near the site of an ongoing protest over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer.
Police spokesman John Elder tells The Associated Press five people were shot Monday night and all have injuries that are not life-threatening.
The Star Tribune reports the shootings occurred near an alley about a block away from the 4th Precinct station, where protesters have been conducting a sit-in since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.
Police department Deputy Chief Medaria Arradondo told the newspaper three gunshot victims were taken to a hospital.
Meanwhile,, the brother of the man whose fatal shooting by a police officer has prompted protests in Minneapolis is calling for the end of a more than weeklong sit-in at a police precinct.
In a statement issued early Tuesday morning by the office of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, whose district includes Minneapolis, Eddie Sutton says his family appreciates the support protesters have shown since the death of his brother, Jamar Clark.
But Sutton says that in light of the shooting of five people near the 4th Precinct sit-in, the family believes the demonstrations there should be ended "out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers."
Minneapolis police say five people had injuries that were not life-threatening after the shooting. No one was in custody, and police were asking anyone with information to come forward.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said in a statement earlier Monday that the group would announce the next steps it had planned at a news conference Tuesday.