5 People Have Been Shot Near Jamar Clark Protest Site in Minneapolis


Minneapolis police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with shootings near a police precinct where demonstrators have been protesting the death of Jamar Clark, the Minneapolis Police Department said Tuesday on Twitter. The department is still looking for additional suspects, it said.

[Original story published at 12:10 p.m. ET]

Five people were wounded when gunfire erupted near a Minneapolis police precinct where demonstrators have been protesting the shooting death of Jamar Clark, police said.

All were hospitalized late Monday night with non-life threatening injuries. Police are searching for three white male suspects.

The shootings did not occur at the protest, police spokesman John Elder said, but in “close proximity” to it.

Following news of the violence near the precinct, Clark’s brother, Eddie Sutton, issued a statement thanking demonstrators for gathering in his sibling’s honor but asking them that they find other ways to protest his death, in light of the shootings.

“Thank you to the community for the incredible support you have shown for our family in this difficult time. We appreciate Black Lives Matter for holding it down and keeping the protests peaceful,” Sutton said. “But in light of tonight’s shootings, the family feels out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers, we must get the occupation of the 4th precinct ended and onto the next step.”

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Source: CNN | Ed Payne and Tina Burnside