Four Men Have Been Arrested in the Shooting of 5 Black Lives Matter Demonstrators

Deborah Hastings

Police arrested four men Tuesday in connection with the shootings of five people at a Black Lives Matter encampment outside a Minneapolis police precinct, authorities said.

A 23-year-old white man was taken into custody in nearby Bloomington. A second man was arrested in south Minneapolis but released after being questioned, the Star Tribune reported.

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Authorities are trying to determine if the shootings should be categorized as a hate crime, the paper said.

Two other men who turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon were also being questioned, police said.

The shootings occurred at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, as Black Lives Matter held a demonstration outside the police department’s fourth precinct, authorities said.

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After racist chants were directed at protesters, members tried to herd the anti-demonstrators away from scene, but the hecklers opened fire, hitting five black men ranging in age from 19 to 43, the paper said.

None experienced life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Black Lives Matter has maintained a camp outside the police station since Nov. 15, in protest over the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark.

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