© 2021 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910.343.1640
News Classical 91.3 Wilmington 92.7 Wilmington 96.7 Southport
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
National

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

Protesters 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. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. A woman at another Smith protest was killed Sunday after a vehicle drove into demonstrators.
Protesters 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. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. A woman at another Smith protest was killed Sunday after a vehicle drove into demonstrators.

One woman is dead after a man drove into a crowd of protesters late Sunday night in Minneapolis. 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 about 11:39 p.m. Sunday, a car sped into protesters that were standing along Lake Street and Girard Avenue in the city's Uptown area, hitting and injuring at least three people.

It's unclear how many protesters were at the scene at the time.

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 confirm her identity independently. 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.

A suspect was pulled from the wrecked car by protesters and restrained, according to police, as well as images and video shared online. His identity has not been released.

Two other people were injured in the crash and transferred by ambulance to an area hospital. One was later treated and released from the hospital.

Who was Winston Boogie Smith Jr.?

Protesters have been holding demonstrations for days after the death nearly two weeks ago of Smith, who was from St. Paul.

News of the shooting comes after a year of demonstrations in the city following George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.

Smith, the focus of the demonstration Sunday, was killed by U.S. marshals on June 3 in the Uptown area of Minneapolis at a parking ramp. The medical examiner said Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Agents for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force said they were attempting to take Smith into custody over a felony firearms violation warrant. Two Hennepin and Ramsey County deputies on the task force shot their guns during the incident.

Authorities said evidence in the preliminary investigation indicates Smith fired a weapon from inside his car. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the case, said a handgun and spent cartridge cases were recovered from inside Smith's car.

But a 27-year-old woman in the car with Smith at the time of his death has disputed these findings. She said she never saw Smith with a gun.

There is no police body camera footage available from the shooting, according to authorities.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.