Gunmen Sought After 5 Are Shot at Protest of Police in Minneapolis

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Latest: Clark’s brother calls for end to Minneapolis sit-in.

MINNEAPOLIS — The fatal shooting of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer has prompted more than a week of protests and led to calls for answers as state and federal investigators continue to piece together what happened.

MINNEAPOLIS — Police say they found two people dead in a vehicle after responding to a report of shots fired outside an apartment building in south Minneapolis. Mica Grimm, an organizer with Black Lives Matter who said she arrived on the scene soon after the shooting, told The Associated Press two of the wounded were hit in the leg, another in the arm and a fourth in the stomach. Here’s a look at where the investigation stands: Authorities have said their initial investigation shows Clark was a suspect in an assault and was disrupting paramedics who were trying to help the victim. The Star Tribune reported the shootings occurred near an alley about a block away from the 4th Precinct stationhouse, where protesters have been conducting a sit-in since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15.

Keith Ellison, whose district includes Minneapolis, Eddie Sutton says his family appreciates the support protesters have shown since the death of his brother, Jamar Clark. Witnesses at the scene claimed to CBS Minnesota that the shooters were white supremacists and were hanging around the rally before being asked them to leave. The Minneapolis Police Department says no arrests have been made in this double murder, but officers spent much of Sunday night and Monday talking with witnesses. She was lying on the ground near her running car. “The mere fact that she was located in that parking lot, lying on the concrete floor partially clothed, gives us a lot of concern,” Inspector Todd Loining with Minneapolis Police’s 5th precinct said. “It’s something that we’re always evaluating and we’re strategizing.

We’re working with criminal investigators to find out what occurred here, who’s responsible for this, is it anybody that we’re aware of,” Loining said. Awuni, a local spoken word artist who worked at a neighborhood recreation center, was one of the two found dead in the vehicle. “These parties are acquainted at a minimum. The police are asking that anyone with information to please come forward.” Clark’s brother, Eddie Sutton, issued a statement late Tuesday saying, “Thank you to the community for the incredible support you have shown for our family in this difficult time. Officers say they are already following up on leads after speaking to people who live nearby. “As we get through the information, we will be able to put together a description of who our suspects are, and when it becomes applicable, we will get that information out to the public,” he said.

The BCA has said it also has video from a mobile police camera, public housing cameras and citizens’ cellphones, but that none of it shows the event in its entirety. Community members have said they won’t leave the north side police precinct near the shooting site until authorities meet their demands, which include the release of video. A federal criminal civil rights investigation is also underway to determine whether police intentionally violated Clark’s civil rights through excessive force. © 2015 CBS Interactive Inc.

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