Minneapolis police are investigating after the body of a woman was discovered in a car in the early hours of Friday morning.
According to Fox 9, the woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found to have died under suspicious circumstances with visible trauma to her body.
She was discovered in an abandoned car near the intersection of Bryant Avenue North and North 17th Avenue in the Near North neighborhood as the twin city was rocked by chaos over the George Floyd protests.
At around 3.15 am a driver flagged down a patrol car and led them to the site of where the woman was found.
Her name is yet to be released and Minneapolis Police are treating her death under suspicious circumstance.
There were also reports of a topless white female in distress inside a vehicle with three black males as authorities were stretched beyond their limits over the ensuing chaos.
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) May 28, 2020
Reports of a woman in distress, seeking help at a North Minneapolis neighborhood in the early hours also surfaced.
Star Tribune reporter, Libor Jany, tweeted: “amidst all this, police are being called to investigate a possible kidnapping from the parking lot across the street from their burning station; a screaming woman was said to have been forcibly put into a vehicle that then sped away, according to scanner traffic.”
2500 east lake kidnapping tan 2005 Ford Explorer, second kidnapping report here #Mplsriot2020 females are being taken
— Hennepin County Police & Fire monitoring (@HCP_FM) May 29, 2020
A local Minneapolis resident tweeted: “From a friend: “CVS on Snelling is on Fire. Car jacking and kidnapping just occurred. They’re shooting st random cars on university. Do not leave your home. It is extremely dangerous in here.””
From a friend:
“CVS on Snelling is on Fire. Car jacking and kidnapping just occurred. They're shooting st random cars on university. Do not leave your home. It is extremely dangerous in here”
— We’re Still Not Going Back ⚖️ (@BrettScr1) May 29, 2020
On the same night, a pawn broker was charged with murder for shooting and killing a suspected looter who was fleeing the premises.
Via National File:
At a midnight press conference, Minneapolis Police Chief John Elder confirmed that a man, suspected of looting by the store owner, was shot dead outside of the Cadillac Pawn Shop and Jewelry on East Lake Street near Bloomington Avenue, reported Market Watch.
According to Metro, a man is in custody following the shooting that took place around 9:25 p.m. last night as police entertain a few different scenarios when attempting to recreate the events leading up to the fatal incident.
EMTs reached the wounded man and attempted to perform CPR before he was pronounced dead at hospital.
Elder nodded that there were no other known serious injuries or fatalities. He blasted the rioters saying: “If people are there to truly honor the man and his family this isn’t how you do it and it’s so disrespectful and it’s heartbreaking. People are utilizing this as a purpose just to make bad decisions.”