Suspects Nabbed in 'Black Lives Matter' Shooting

Suspects in Minneapolis attack that injured 5 may be charged with hate crimes
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2015 1:35 PM CST
Suspect Nabbed in 'Black Lives Matter' Shooting
Black Lives Matter demonstrators maintained their encampment Monday outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Two of three men accused of shooting into a crowd near a "Black Lives Matter" protest Monday night in Minneapolis, injuring five, have been arrested, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. A 23-year-old white suspect, who the police tell the Washington Post will be identified after being formally charged, was taken in by Minneapolis police in Bloomington shortly before noon local time Tuesday, the paper notes, and the AP reports a 32-year-old Hispanic man was also arrested in Minneapolis. Police are seeking an additional suspect or suspects. The Minneapolis Police Department is trying to determine whether to charge the accused with hate crimes for the shooting, which wounded five black men between the ages of 19 and 43 near the police department's Fourth Precinct station. The FBI is also "aware of the incident and … coordinating with [local police] to assess the facts and determine if further federal action" is required, per the Star Tribune.

Protesters have been gathered outside the station since the Nov. 15 fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, and even though Clark's family called for demonstrators to disperse after Monday's shooting, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis says protests will continue, the Post notes. Witnesses have described the suspects as "white supremacists," though some authorities are holding back on that. "I don't want to perpetuate rumor," state Rep. Keith Ellison tells Minnesota Public Radio. "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." Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells MPR the shootings were a "cowardly, criminal act" and that the suspects will be "brought to justice." But he, too, calls for protests to end, saying the shooting "underscores the treacherous nature of a significant number of people ... intermingling without any way of safeguarding people engaged in peaceful protests." (More Minneapolis stories.)

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