5 People Shot, Injured a Block from 4th Precinct Protests in Mpls.

November 15, 2017 10:35 AM

Five people were shot late Monday night near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct in the city’s north side, according to Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder.

The incident occurred at 10:40 p.m. in the area of 14th Avenue North and Morgan Avenue North. The incident took place one block north of the 4th Precinct station at 1925 Plymouth Ave., where protesters have been stationed since Nov. 15.

Two people were taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. Three others were driven by private vehicle to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. All victims have injuries that are not life threatening, police said.

The victims were all protesters, a source tells KSTP.

Police said they are looking for three white men. A source tells KSTP they were wearing bulletproof vests.

The incident occurred near the area of ongoing protests about the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

Minneapolis police say dozens of officers responded immediately to attend to victims and secure the area.

After the shooting, Clark's brother Eddie Sutton released a statement asking the protests to stop for the safety of everyone.

Black Lives Matter, which has been organizing the protests near the 4th Precinct, has a march planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday. It starts at the 4th Precinct station.

The shootings Monday is the latest incident in the 10 days that protests have been happening since Sunday. Police say squads have been vandalized, rocks thrown and molitov cocktails tossed. Protesters say they have been sprayed with chemical irritant.

Clark's family and protesters want the video from the shooting released. Investigators say releasing it will jeopardize the investigation. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and FBI are looking into the matter.

The two officers have been on administrative leave since the shooting.

Some protesters who are gathered outside of the precinct say they don't intend to stop their demonstrations despite the overnight shooting that wounded five people.

About 50 people were outside the building on Tuesday morning, with more trickling in, and some said they planned to stay despite a request from Clark's family to end the protests.

A protester who gave his name as Big Don Carlito says demonstrations no longer have anything to do with the Clark family. He says, "If we fold on it, they won."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Department.

Watch raw video from the shooting scene Monday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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