At least five people were shot Monday night near the site of an ongoing Black Lives Matter protest against the Minneapolis Police Department.
Minneapolis police responded to multiple reports of a shooting one block north of the department's fourth precinct, where activists have been camped out protesting for at least two weeks. Five people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
On its official Facebook page, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis claimed the shooters were a group of white supremacists who opened fire on protesters when they were asked to leave the protest. They called for more activists to join the protest today, with a march planned for 2 p.m.
Witnesses interviewed by The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported seeing a group of three men who were reportedly taunting people at the protest site before an effort was made to herd them away. At least one was wearing a mask.
The protest, led by Black Lives Matter, is over the shooting death of a black Minneapolis man by police. Jamar Clark was shot by police who were responding to a confrontation between Clark and paramedics who were treating his girlfriend. Witnesses claim Clark was handcuffed and unarmed when shot, while police union officials say Clark was never handcuffed and attempted to grab an officer's gun.
The state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting, and the city has requested federal authorities look into the death as well.