George Floyd protests: death in riot and looting shootings as Minneapolis mayor calls for calm

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A man was shot dead near the Minneapolis protests following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody on Monday.

Around 9:25 p.m. the man was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound and was transported to hospital where he later died. A suspect has been arrested.

At a press conference around midnight, a spokesperson confirmed that police were investigating the theory that he had been killed by a pawnshop owner who suspected he was looting his store, but said they were “at the start of this investigation”.

A viral video is circulating purporting to show the aftermath of the incident, including the man on the ground receiving CPR from a police officer.

The crowd of protesters from last night reached thousands of people after dark, with police and citizens facing each other through barricades. Police deployed rubber bullets, tear gas and concussion grenades, which some members of the crowd rejected.

The looting then broke out, with images of people breaking into a Target store and leaving with carts full of goods.

City mayor Jacob Frey called for calm on social media, urging citizens of Minneapolis to “not let tragedy cause more tragedy,” and Governor Tim Walz also issued a warning.

“The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has become an extremely dangerous situation,” he wrote on Twitter. “For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and authorize the firefighters and paramedics to go to the site. “

With the clashes still simmering, the police spokesman described the protests as “heartbreaking”.

“Tonight was a night of protest different from the day before,” he told the media.

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