4 Men Arrested in the Shooting of 5 Black Lives Matter Demonstrators

4 Men Arrested in the Shooting of 5 Black Lives Matter Demonstrators Four people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of five people at Minneapolis Black Lives Matter demonstration. (Getty)

Police arrested four men Tuesday in connection with the shootings of five people at a Black Lives Matter encampment outside a Minneapolis police precinct, authorities said.

A 23-year-old white man was taken into custody in nearby Bloomington. A second man was arrested in south Minneapolis but released after being questioned, the Star Tribune reported.

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Authorities are trying to determine if the shootings should be categorized as a hate crime, the paper said.

Two other men who turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon were also being questioned, police said.

The shootings occurred at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, as Black Lives Matter held a demonstration outside the police department’s fourth precinct, authorities said.

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After racist chants were directed at protesters, members tried to herd the anti-demonstrators away from scene, but the hecklers opened fire, hitting five black men ranging in age from 19 to 43, the paper said.

None experienced life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Black Lives Matter has maintained a camp outside the police station since Nov. 15, in protest over the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark.

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