News Guide: Questions Remain in Minnesota Police Shooting

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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. 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.

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. Police asked that anyone with information, including anything that could help identify a suspect, to call the sex crimes unit at 612-673-3081, the tips line at 612-692-8477 or the free Minneapolis Police Department tips line 411. 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. 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. 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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