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‘Burn It Down. Let Them Pay': Chaos Erupts in Minneapolis as Fires Rage From Protests Over Police Violence
MINNEAPOLIS—Flames and black smoke poured into the sky here into early Thursday as the second day of protests over the death of George Floyd took a violent turn, with multiple local businesses and residential buildings near police headquarters set ablaze and at least one person fatally shot in the area. Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder confirmed the shooting shortly before midnight local time, but he did not say if it was connected to the protests, according to the Star Tribune. A video shared on Twitter and purportedly filmed at the scene showed medics frantically trying to save a man lying on the ground; at one point one of the medics can be heard urging people to stay away, yelling, "There's somebody in there with a rifle, back up! Back up!"The shooting came amid major fires across the southern part of city, including an AutoZone near police headquarters that burned to the ground overnight, spewing toxic fumes across the entire neighborhood. It was difficult for everyone to breathe, reporters at the scene said. Widespread looting included mobs clearing out a Target across from the precinct house.Police were forced by the crowds to remain at the precinct epicenter of the protests, and could not fan out to confront the looters, KARE11's Deevon Rahming reported. However, Rahming said some demonstrators were taking it upon themselves to block people from stealing from local businesses. Damage was widespread to s
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