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3 men in custody in connection with shooting near Black Lives Matter protests


Three men are in custody in connection with shootings about a block from the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, where Black Lives Matter and other protesters have been camped out for more than a week following the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark.

In Bloomington, a white 23-year-old male was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting, which saw five protesters injured near 1400 Morgan Avenue North around 10:40 p.m. Monday, a news release says.

And at 5:50 p.m., police announced that two more suspects, both white men aged 26 and 21, are now in custody after they voluntarily turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon.

A Latino man was also arrested just after lunchtime, but has since been released after questioning revealed he was not near the site of the shooting at the time.

No names of the suspects have been released at this stage, with the MPD saying their investigators continue to work with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the FBI on this case.

All five shooting victims, who suffered non-life threatening injuries, were involved with the demonstrations outside the police station prior to the shooting, a police spokesperson told the Washington Post.

'White supremacists' accused in shooting

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis posted on its Facebook page "white supremacists" were involved in the shooting, saying they "attacked the #4thPrecinctShutdown in an act of domestic terrorism."

Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, told the Star Tribune a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, and when about a dozen protesters tried to get the group away from the area they shot at them.

A source told KSTP three men wearing bulletproof vests did the shooting. The New York Times reports while it was on the phone with the Fourth Precinct, police officers could be heard reviewing video of the shooting – they described a masked white man pulling out a gun.

Clark's brother calls for protests to end

Early Tuesday morning, Jamar Clark's brother, Eddie Sutton, released a statement to the media thanking protesters for their support, but asked them to stop their demonstrations for everyone's safety, saying: "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 Fourth Precinct ended and onto the next step," KARE 11 reports.

Although Clark's family has called for the protests to end, people remained outside of the police station Tuesday morning, reports note. About 200 people were camped out overnight, the New York Daily News says.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is planning a march through the city Tuesday afternoon, followed by a solidarity concert. Click here to read more.

The Minneapolis Police Department says it has additional uniformed officers in the area to ensure everyone is safe.

Elected officials comment on shooting

Following the arrest of one of the suspects, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement, saying:

“It has been reported that MPD has apprehended a second suspect in last night's shooting. As I said before, we are sparing no efforts to bring any and all those responsible to justice. I want to thank the community for their outpouring of information to MPD which has been critical in making these apprehensions.”

"I am committed to keeping our entire city and all of our people safe, and together we will be one Minneapolis," she said in a statement earlier Tuesday.

Sen. Al Franken also released a statement on the shooting Tuesday morning:

“Like all Minnesotans, I was horrified to learn about the shooting of five people outside the Fourth Precinct last night. I understand that a search for the shooters is currently underway, and I join residents of the North Side in demanding that they be brought to justice. In the meantime, my thoughts are with Jamar Clark’s family and the injured.”

Education Minnesota also condemned the shootings in a statement Tuesday.

Officials have also met to discuss whether the shooting should be labeled as a hate crime, a source told the Star Tribune. MPR News says federal officials, including the U.S. Attorney's office, is working with the police department to see if federal action is appropriate.

Anyone with any information on the shooting is being urged to call police at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

Tweets from the scene

The protests in Minneapolis have also prompted protests nationwide.

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