Minneapolis police say 5 shot near protest scene

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

The shootings occurred late Monday night a block from the police department’s 4th Precinct, where protesters have been conducting a sit-in since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked days of demonstrations (all times local): The brother of the man whose fatal shooting by a police officer has prompted protests in Minneapolis is calling for the end of a more than weeklong sit-in at a police precinct.About 9 p.m., witnesses found a woman “lying unconscious near her running vehicle” at the Calhoun Square parking ramp located next to the indoor dining and shopping center at Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue South, according to a news release.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.

Police Department Spokesman John Elder said in a news release that officers responded to the sound of gunshots around 10:40 p.m. and 911 calls shortly after reported five people had been shot. Grace Jones, of the AFSCME union, chants along with the crowd of union workers and protesters before speaking in front of a police precinct Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in 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. 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.

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. 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. 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 4th precinct ended and onto the next step.” The scene early Tuesday was quiet, with about 200 people milling around and talking.

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. One man with a bullhorn led protesters in chants of “Jamar Clark!” Authorities have said Clark, 24, was shot during a struggle with police after he interfered with paramedics who were trying to assist an assault victim. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it has video from the ambulance, a mobile police camera and other sources, but none of it shows the event in its entirety. If you know anything that might help them make an arrest, you’re asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at (612) 692-8477 or CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. A federal criminal civil rights investigation is also underway, to determine whether police intentionally violated Clark’s civil rights through excessive force.

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