Five protesters were shot last night near a Black Lives Matter encampment at a Minneapolis police station, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, said “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.” One of the three counterdemonstrators wore a mask. When about a dozen protesters attempted to herd the group away from the area, Noor said, they “opened fire on about six protesters,” hitting five of them. The attackers fled. Police were searching for three white male suspects.
Angry protesters moved the counter-demonstrators away from the encampment at the police station. At least two of the three men who had been taunting protesters were firing guns, said one witness. “I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on nonviolent, peaceful protesters,” said Nekima Levy-Pounds of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. The protesters, angry over the fatal police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15, have maintained a presence outside the police station ever since.