Driver 'who was drunk or high' plows into protesters and kills woman before he is pulled from car and beaten at site where armed black man Winston Smith was shot dead by cops
- Driver smashed into protesters in Uptown area of Minneapolis late on Sunday
- Two protesters were rushed to hospital, a woman later pronounced dead
- Suspect was hauled from his car and beaten by crowd who detained him
- Police eventually arrived and the driver was handed over to the officers
- Cops believe drink or drugs may have been a factor in the fatal smash
A driver believed to have been drunk or high plowed into demonstrators protesting the shooting of a black man in Minneapolis and killed a woman.
The man - who is white, and who police think was under the influence - was pulled from his car and beaten by the crowd before being taken away in handcuffs by police late on Sunday in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.
He struck two people, including the woman, with one eyewitness claiming that he seemed to be doing 100mph shortly before the impact. The female victim was rushed to hospital in a 'very critical' condition and died in the early hours of Monday. Her identity has not been released. Another unidentified protester is said to have sustained non life-threatening injuries.
The victim others were demonstrating outside a parking garage where 32-year-old Winston 'Boogie' Smith was shot dead earlier this month after he pulled a gun and allegedly fired on US Marshals trying to arrest him on a federal warrant for possession of a firearm.
Police continue to investigate, and have yet to offer a motive for Sunday night's smash, which is also said to have seen the alleged killer driver ram a car being used to block the road with his SUV.
Smith, who had racked up at least 20 arrests since 2007, has become a talisman for activists who have commandeered the roads where he was shot dead, setting up a shrine, like the one for George Floyd just three miles away.
The driver was pulled from his car and beaten by the crowd before being taken away in handcuffs by police late on Sunday in the Uptown area of Minneapolis (pictured: the suspect, left, and the woman lying on the ground, right)
A smashed car at the scene which the cameraman says the driver was in 'going at 100 miles an hour'
A man holds the suspect in a choke hold on the road as blood pours down his forehead.
They were demonstrating outside a parking garage where 32-year-old Winston Smith (pictured) was shot dead earlier this month after he pulled a gun and allegedly fired on US Marshals trying to arrest him on a warrant for possession of a firearm
At around 11.40pm on Sunday, the driver sped into this area of Lake Street and S. Girard Avenue.
Footage captured by a protester shows the driver being held in a choke hold on the road as blood pours down his forehead.
The person filming shouts: 'This n**** just came through 100 miles an hour, smashed this car and he just f***ing killed her.'
The camera pans to a badly damaged SUV across the street where a woman can be seen receiving treatment from other protesters.
The suspect is seen being hauled around by a man who keeps his arm firmly around his neck.
As he pleads for police, the cameraman tells him: 'You're going down boy, you're going down, it's over. You bitch.'
The suspect replies: 'I did not mean to.'
The scene is confusing and chaotic, and there initially appears to be no police presence and no paramedics to treat the woman on the ground.
The man filming the video and others seem to be shocked that they are having to keep the suspect prisoner and that police haven't arrived.
After a few minutes a convoy of police cars rolls in and the suspect is handed over to them.
The Uptown neighborhood, like George Floyd Square, has been turned into a memorial to Smith since he was shot dead on June 3. Roads are closed and anti-police graffiti covers the streets and buildings nearby.
Officers arrive in the area after a few minutes, setting up a crime scene and moving people back
Protesters painted the alleyway where Smith died last week with the writing: 'Blood on their hands.'
Local residents and business owners say they are concerned that the neighborhood has become lawless.
On Sunday, the Juut Salon Spa, a fixture at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street announced it was a closing after 35 years.
Posting on its Facebook page, the salon said: 'It has become more and more evident that Uptown continues to struggle with store closings, social unrest, crime and street closures.
'We would be heartbroken if anything were to happen to our team members or clients. With that at the forefront, we made this difficult decision.'
Who is Winston 'Boogie' Smith? Latest talisman for activists is a convicted felon who pulled a gun and 'fired on cops' before he was shot dead
Winston Boogie Smith, pictured in a mugshot from December 2019, when he was arrested on warrant charging him with possession of firearms or ammunition as a felon, was shot dead by police Thursday
Winston 'Boogie' Smith was shot dead on June 3 by members of a US Marshals task force after pulling a gun and allegedly firing on them as they attempted to detain him for possession of a firearm.
Marshals swooped on Smith on a federal warrant after he posted a picture of himself sitting in a car with a gun and a box of bullets - a probation violation.
They approached him outside a parking garage at around 2pm in the Uptown neighborhood, just three miles away from George Floyd Square.
Smith, who was in a parked SUV, 'produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject,' Hennepin County Sheriff's Department said. Officers attempted to revive the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman who was riding in Smith's SUV was injured by shattered glass and was taken into custody after being treated for minor injuries.
According to court records, Smith had racked up at least 20 arrests since 2007 on charges ranging from minor traffic violations to drug and marijuana possession. In 2017, he was convicted of felony aggravated robbery, was handed a three-year stayed sentence and was put on probation.
Under the conditions of his probation, Smith was required to stay in regular contact with his probation officer, submit to random drug testing, find a job and possess no firearms.
Winston Boogie Smith, 32, was shot and killed by members of a US Marshals task force in Minneapolis on Thursday. Smith, who was wanted for a probation violation, allegedly pulled a gun on officers
The warrant for Smith's arrest was issued less than two weeks after he posted this photo on his public Instagram page
After posting an image of a gun and bullets on Instagram, a probation violation hearing was called on May 5. WCCO reported that when Smith failed to show up at the hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
It was not clear how many law enforcement officers fired their weapons during the incident.
A spokeswoman with the US Marshals said the US Marshals leads the task force that attempted the arrest, which is comprised of several agencies.
Other agencies with personnel on the scene at the time of the shooting include sheriff’s offices from Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey counties, the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Department of Homeland Security. Minneapolis police played no role in the incident.
Officers who were involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
The gunfire erupted on the fifth floor of a parking ramp at West Lake Street and South Fremont Avenue.
A bartender from a nearby business told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that several of his patrons hear eight to 12 shots, and then saw officers grab the female passenger from the suspect's vehicle.
A neighbor who lives across from the parking ramp told the paper she heard more than a dozen shots, followed by a pause, and then even more shots.
Smith was a local hip hop artist who performed under the stage name 'Wince Me Boi' and also appeared in comedy videos.
In January 2020, he released a single dedicated to his children titled Goodbye.
Protesters set a dumpster on fire in response to Smith's killing, coupled with the dismantling of George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on Thursday
An investigator goes through the scene where Smith was shot and killed by officers attempting to serve aa warrant on top of a parking ramp in Minneapolis on Thursday
Friends and relatives took to Facebook and Twitter to pay tribute to Smith as news of his killing spread.
A woman claiming to be Smith's cousin wrote in a status update on Friday: 'I swear u didn’t deserve this at all but #JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED AND YOUR LEGACY AND NAME WILL LIVE ON THROUGH US AND YOUR CHILDREN I HATE THEY TOOK U FROM UR KIDS S***S JUST NOT RIGHT CUZO. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN FLY HIGH BABY.'
Earlier, the same woman reposted a status update that Smith had written back in April, which read: 'I love yall I know my time is up so Ima miss y'all when I'm gone #Ripme.'
The heartbroken family member commented: 'It's like u knew it was coming or something...'
Tamara Wilson, who identified herself as Smith's younger sister, accused law enforcement officials of trying to assassinate her brother's character after taking his life.
'YOU TOOK MY BROTHER AWAY FROM US!!!' she wrote in all capital letters on Facebook. 'HIS KIDS, HIS SIBLINGS, HIS MOTHER!!!! THOSE STORIES ARE BS TRYING TO DEFY [sic] HIS CHARACTER. MY BROTHER WAS A COMEDIAN IN REAL LIFE!!! HE WAS CARING SMART AND LOVING!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH Winston Smith SO VERY MUCH BIG BROTHER.'
Minneapolis police said news of the shooting sparked 'numerous' instances of vandalism and looting overnight.
The shooting came after crews began dismantling concrete barriers around the so-called 'autonomous zone' of George Floyd Square, which were set up as a memorial after he was murdered in May 2020.
Protests had already broken out among activists angered by the removal of the shrine when news of the shooting in Uptown reached them.
The shooting took place three miles away from George Floyd Square in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis
People soon gathered in Uptown, crowding around the crime scene and chanting anti-police slogans, before they barricaded off Lake Street and Girard Avenue where a dumpster was torched.
The trash receptacle eventually melted into a 'puddle of fire,' a TV reporter at the scene tweeted. Several dozen protesters were observed throwing more items into the dumpster to feed the blaze.
It took police more than 40 minutes to respond and by the time they arrived cars and motorcycles had shown up to help protesters block off the streets, according to independent journalist Rebecca Brannon.
Brannon filmed the moment police began 'aggressively' moving in on protesters, shooting tear gas into the intersection to clear them out. Firefighters were later filmed extinguishing the fire and cleaning up the intersection.
Infighting and looting broke out across the city as the streets remained filled with protesters until the early hours of the morning. A T-Mobile store and a CVS pharmacy were among the shops raided by looters and officers were later deployed outside businesses to prevent further damage to property.
Vandals spray-painted buildings near the scene of the shooting with the words, 'Kill cops' and 'No trial for them', while others hurled abuse at officers calling them, 'F***ing Nazis' and 'White supremacists.'