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Who is Daunte Wright and what happened to him?

RIOTING and looting have broken out across Minnesota after cops shot and killed a young black man during a routine traffic stop.

The shooting happened ten miles from where George Floyd was killed.

Who is Daunte Wright?

Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer shortly before 2pm on April 11 during a routine traffic stop.

What happened to him?

Wright’s sobbing mother Katie told a crowd he called her to say he had been pulled over by police because of air freshener that was dangling from his rear view mirror.

She said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. 

Soon after, her son's girlfriend told her he had been shot.

She told reporters: "All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car.

"He got out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him.

"He got back in the car and drove away and crashed and now he was dead on the ground since 1.47. 

"Nobody will tell us anything and nobody will talk to her.

"I asked them to please take my son off the ground — he’s been there since 1.47 this afternoon."

What did authorities say about the incident?

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it was "investigating an officer-involved shooting incident" in Brooklyn Center but declined to identify the victim.

According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled over a driver for a traffic violation. 

When they discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to take him into custody.

He got back into his car, and one of the officers shot him dead.

A female passenger in the car suffered "non-life-threatening injuries" and was transported to a local hospital, said the statement, which did not identify the woman.

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