Minneapolis protest: 1 dead, suspect in custody after driver strikes demonstrators

MINNEAPOLIS — One person is dead and a suspect is in police custody after a driver struck a group of protesters in Minneapolis late Sunday, authorities said.

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According to the Star Tribune, the incident occurred about 11:40 p.m. at the intersection of South Girard Avenue and Lake Street, where demonstrators had gathered to protest over the shooting of Winston Smith Jr., a Black man who was killed by a U.S. Marshals task force June 3.

Minneapolis police tweeted early Monday that emergency crews rushed two people who had been hurt in the crash to a nearby hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other was expected to recover. A third person experienced a “medical issue and was treated,” the department added.

Meanwhile, protesters pulled the suspect from the car, police said.

“He is now [in] police custody and being treated at an area hospital,” the department tweeted overnight. “Unknown motive at this time.”

No further information was immediately available.

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