Monday, June 14, 2021

1 Woman Is Dead, Others Injured In Minneapolis After A Driver Plows Into Protestors

Protestors face police, on June 6 in Minneapolis, as they demand justice for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., who was fatally shot by members of a U.S. Marshal Task Force. A woman at another Smith protest on June 13 was killed after a man plowed into demonstrators.

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 One woman is dead after a man drove into a crowd of protestors in Minneapolis late Sunday night. The suspect is in custody, according to the city's police department.

Demonstrators were gathered to protest the June 3 shooting death of Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a 33-year-old Black man, by U.S. Marshals in Minneapolis. At approximately 11:39 p.m. Sunday, a car sped into a group of protestors that were standing along Lake Street and Girard Ave. in the Uptown area of the city, hitting and injuring at least three people.

It's unclear how many protestors were on scene at the time of the incident.

An adult woman critically injured at the scene was declared dead at the hospital as a result of the crash, police tweeted. The woman's name has been shared on social media, but NPR has been unable to independently confirm her identity. Police and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office have not released her identity and didn't immediately respond to NPR's request for comment.

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