Five Injured in Shooting at Black Lives Matter Protest in Minneapolis; 2 Men Arrested
Police are still searching for a third man who allegedly sprayed the crowd with bullets
Police in Minneapolis have detained two men in connection with Monday night’s non-fatal shooting of five protesters participating in a Black Lives Matter demonstration staged outside a north Minneapolis police station.
Authorities confirm to PEOPLE that two men – a 23-year-old white male and a 32-year old Hispanic man – were detained Tuesday afternoon, but police are not releasing the suspects’ names.
The injuries sustained by the five victims were described as “non-life-threatening” in the statement.
Police are looking for a third suspect who is also alleged to have sprayed bullets into the crowd, police say.
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Black Lives Matter Minneapolis has been staging protests over the past week following the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, an unarmed black man.
On its Facebook page, the group wrote of last night’s shooting, “Tonight, white supremacists attacked the #4thPrecinctShutDown in an act of domestic terrorism. We need you here tomorrow. We wont be intimidated.”
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who has joined the group, told Minnesota Public Radio, “I know there’s a lot of speculation as to who these people were. And they well could have been, I’m not trying to say they weren’t white supremacists. But I just haven’t been able to piece together enough information to say with any real clarity.”
A witness to the shootings told reporters that one of the three men wore a mask.
Additional police patrols have been added to Minneapolis’ streets in the wake of Monday night’s shooting.
Detectives ask that anyone with information about the shooting come forward.