4 held for protest shooting remain jailed

4th person arrested in north Minneapolis protest shootings

MINNEAPOLIS - Four men are now being held in connection to Monday's shooting that injured five people protesting near the Fourth Precinct.

On Wednesday, Minneapolis Police revealed a fourth person, a 27-year-old man, is being held in connection to the shooting. On Tuesday morning, police arrested a 23-year-old white man for the shooting. On Tuesday afternoon, two white men, ages 21 and 26, turned themselves into police. All four men are being held at the Hennepin County Jail.

Around 10:45 p.m. Monday, shots were fired into a crowd of people in the 1400 block of Morgan Avenue North..They were there protesting the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was killed by police on Nov. 15.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is working with Minneapolis Police as well as federal investigators on the shooting. As a result, the county asked for and was granted an extension to file charges against the men connected to the shooting. Originally, the county had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file charges -- it now has until noon Monday.

"It just hurts. Can't move it all the way. I can't bend it. I can't do nothing until it heals," said shooting victim Wesley Martin.

One the 18-year-old says would help it feel better -- seeing the gunman and his friends held responsible.

"Definitely," Martin said.

Martin describes the moments before the shooting, as a group of protesters escorted out four men they say were acting suspiciously.

"I heard the N-word. And after that, everybody started rushing towards them. So we get to 14th and morgan and all I hear is pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," Martin said.

Martin says the shooting helped strengthen his presence at the occupation.

William Champion says he's already pushed that shooting aside.

"It ain't just a community fight. It's a nation fight," Champion said.

Known as "Mearl" around North Minneapolis, Champion's lived there 52 years. He's especially proud community members have protected the neighborhood - never allowing the protest to elevate to the riot. He hopes it makes a difference.

"This fight is not for me. This fight is for my kids," Champion said.

Because thinking of the future of his community is what brings out his emotions.


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