Charges: Boogaloo Bois member fired 13 rounds into Minneapolis 3rd Precinct

The Texas resident allegedly traveled to Minneapolis in May to participate in the riots.
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A third self-described member of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois has been charged with rioting in the Twin Cities in late May, with federal charges accusing him of firing a semiautomatic rifle into the Minneapolis' 3rd Police Precinct.

Ivan Harrison Hunter, 26, of Boerne, Texas, has been charged with one count of riot, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said Friday, accusing him of traveling to Minneapolis to participate in the riots following the killing of George Floyd. 

He was arrested Oct. 21 in San Antonio and appeared in court Thursday, a news release says.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, between May 27-28, Hunter traveled to Minneapolis from Texas with the intention of rioting. 

Video taken the night of May 28 allegedly shows Hunter firing 13 rounds from an AK-47-style semiautomatic rifle into the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct, the release says.

Hunter allegedly screamed "Justice for Floyd" as he ran from the scene, with the incident believed to be part of a wider planned attack by the extremist group designed to sow discord during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

People, believed to be looters, were inside the building at the time of the shooting, a news release says. Police recovered discharged rifle casings at the scene. 

When he returned to Texas, Hunter allegedly posted various statements on social media describing what he did in Minneapolis.

On June 3, the Austin Police Department pulled over a vehicle for numerous traffic violations, the release says. Hunter, who was one of the passengers, had six loaded magazines for an AK-47-style assault rifle affixed to the tactical vest he was wearing.

Police also found three semi-automatic rifles and two loaded pistols in the vehicle, the release says.

Several days after the traffic stop, federal agents learned of Hunter's affiliation with members of the Boogaloo Bois, including Steven Carrillo, who was charged in May in the death of a federal officer in Oakland, California. 

The FBI began looking into the Boogaloo Bois in late May after members discussed committing crimes of violence and were maintaining a presence in Minneapolis during the civil unrest. 

This is the third member of the Boogaloo Bois to be identified as being involved in the civil unrest in May. 

The two others – Michael Robert Solomon, 30, of New Brighton, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, of Hampstead, North Carolina – were charged in September with conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The Boogaloo Bois is a far-right extremist movement of loosely connected groups that support anti-government sentiments and are associated with violent uprisings ("Boogaloo" references an impending second Civil War in the U.S.), the Department of Justice says.

Members of the "overwhelmingly white online subculture" have shown up at protests, including in Minneapolis, heavily armed and wearing Hawaiian shirts, says the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups in the U.S.

The movement started as a meme, which emerged in the early 2010s in antigovernment and white power online spaces with many calling for a race war, SPLC says. The term "boogaloo" is now regularly used by white nationalists and neo-Nazis "who want to see society descend into chaos so that they can come to power and build a new fascist state."

In June, the center said over the past month at least seven men associated with the movement had been arrested in the U.S. for possession of weapons and plotting violent attacks.

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