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Woman killed after man drives into crowd of protesters in Uptown

Three people were injured.

A motorist drove into a group of protesters in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood Sunday night, killing a woman and injuring another. 

The incident happened near West Lake Street and Girard Avenue South around 11:39 p.m., near where law enforcement fatally shot Winston Smith on June 3 and where people have gathered to protest. 

Two adults were injured, police said, noting a woman who was critically injured died at the hospital. And in an update on Monday morning, police said two additional people sought medical attention for non-life threatening injuries at hospitals following the incident. 

Officials haven't the woman who was killed, though protesters have said she is Deona Marie Knajdek. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will officially release her identity and cause of death in the coming days. 

Protesters, who have been in the area since Smith's death, are calling the crash a political assassination against Black Lives Matter and a terrorist attack, though no information has been released as to his motivation for the incident.

Police were monitoring protests in the area when they saw, via cameras, a vehicle traveling eastbound on Lake Street drive into a group of people, an MPD news release says. 

After the crash, MPD claims protesters pulled the suspect from the vehicle and, "from the reports of witnesses, began to strike the driver."

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Protesters on social media however say they were apprehending the suspect as he was allegedly trying to flee the scene."

The driver was arrested by police and taken to a nearby hospital. He has not been identified.

Police say crime lab personnel, homicide detectives, and the MPD's traffic investigative unit are all investigating. Police noted the driver may have been using drugs or alcohol, which could have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIP-8477 or submit a tip online at www.CrimeStoppersMN.org.

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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