Minneapolis is facing turbulence after police reported that on the evening of November 23, that five people were transported to area hospitals after suffering gunshot wounds. According to a Twitter post by Minneapolis Police, three white male suspects are being sought in the incident. Police say that the five people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred in the Fourth Precinct of Minneapolis.
Amateur video taken at the scene showed protesters screaming, while some were running away. Police warned people away from the shooting.
According to a statement posted by the Black Lives Matter movement on its Facebook page, the suspects, whom they identify as "white supremacists," opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment. Rumors about the gun play spread quickly through the Black Lives Matter encampment. Theories about the assailants’ identifies and police involvement, using the #Justice4Jamar and #FourthPrecinctShutdown hastags.
According to Minnesota Public Radio, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison – a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the only Muslim in Congress – the possibility of white supremacist involvement cannot be discarded. Ellison has stayed in the encampment throughout this week. "I don't want to perpetuate rumor,” said Ellison. “I'd rather just try to get the facts out. That's a better way to go. 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."
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis vowed on Twitter to continue its protests:
As we've reported, demonstrators have set up a camp outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man. Police say they shot Jamar Clark in the head because he interfered with paramedics who were treating his girlfriend. Demonstrators say this is yet another case of police using excessive force.
In an amateur video recorded by Black Lives Matter protesters, two young men wearing masks described how men they described as "white supremacists" also wore masks and, when confronted by the protesters, revealed that they had firearms.
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