George Floyd Protests Turn Deadly After Man Shot Outside Pawn Shop

    (NEW YORK POST) – A man was shot dead outside a Minneapolis pawn shop Wednesday night as violent protests over the death of George Floyd rattled the city, authorities said.

    Minneapolis cops are investigating reports that the victim was a looter shot dead by an owner of the business, police department spokesman John Elder said at press briefing early Thursday.

    The man was found with a gunshot wound outside Cadillac Pawn and Jewelry on East Lake Street near Bloomington Avenue at about 9:25 p.m. local time, Elder said.

    “That is one of the theories that we’re working into,” Elder said in response to a reporter questioning if there’s any credence to the narrative that the owner shot dead a looter trying to break into his store.

    “As I said, the body was found outside. And we have a couple of different scenarios as to what may have happened,” Elder told reporters.

    Elder said police have a suspect in custody and that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

    He noted that the shooting occurred “close to the area of protests” over the death of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.

    Floyd was seen on viral video being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer, yelling, “I can’t breathe” before he died.

    Minneapolis protesters trash police precinct during clash over George Floyd’s death

    Protests over his death escalated Wednesday night, with demonstrators looting a Target and lighting fires that severely damaged several buildings, including an AutoZone store.

    Crowds on Wednesday also gathered at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct for a second consecutive day, with some vandalizing the building.

    Elder condemned the chaos that unfolded Wednesday night.

    “This isn’t how you do it,” he said. “It’s so disrespectful and it’s heartbreaking — it really is. People are utilizing this as a purpose to just make bad decisions.”

    Across the country, hundreds of people also marched in Los Angeles to protest Floyd’s death, blocking traffic on a local freeway and smashing the windows of several California Highway Patrol cruisers.

    But not all demonstrations were violent. A group of protesters on Wednesday peacefully danced in the street at the intersection where Floyd was being arrested.