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The family of a US man fatally shot at a Minneapolis pawn shop during protests over the death of George Floyd has demanded charges over his death.

The family of a US man fatally shot at a Minneapolis pawn shop during protests over the death of George Floyd has demanded charges over his death.

Saying they want justice, family members of Calvin Horton Jr held a news conference the same day that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said prosecutors need to know what happened in the minutes surrounding the fatal shooting of Mr Horton on the evening of May 27. The shooting happened two days after a handcuffed Mr Floyd, who was black, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for nearly eight minutes.

Mr Horton was shot in the torso in or near Cadillac Pawn while protests over Mr Floyd's death began to turn violent with gunfire, arson, and people breaking into businesses and stealing whatever they could carry.

Calvin Horton Jr was 43 when he died.

The pawn shop owner was arrested the night of the shooting, was held in the Hennepin County Jail for several days and released pending further investigation.

Mr Horton's family on Tuesday joined civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents most of Mr Floyd's family members, and activists at a news conference demanding charges against the pawn shop owner.

Mr Crump said Mr Horton's family has gotten "no answers" from government officials about his death, despite dozens of calls.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump wears a face mask with the words "Where's the love?" after announcing Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Minneapolis the filing of a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died at the hands of police during an arrest on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Mr Horton, who would have turned 44 on Tuesday, left behind his mother and seven children, including eight-year-old twin sons.

"His life matters to all of his children, each and every one of them, his entire family. So we're here to declare that Calvin Horton's life matters," Mr Crump said, before leading people in a chant of "Calvin Horton's life matters."

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"We're absolutely heartbroken," Mr Horton's daughter, Cadaezhah Horton, 20, said.

"And we're left to feel as if we're the ones in prison. We want justice for my dad, and we aren't going to stop until we see it."

"The only thing I want is justice," said Mr Horton's mother, Mae Roberts. "Nothing is being done for my son."

Mr Freeman said that so far authorities have only one witness who saw part of the encounter and have not found any surveillance camera video showing what happened.

"We need the help of anyone who was in or around Cadillac Pawn at the time of the shooting," Mr Freeman said.

"We need to know what happened several minutes before the shooting and then the shooting itself."

The scene was chaotic that night, with many people in and around the pawn shop, Mr Freeman said.

Some of those people pelted police officers as they tried to render first aid to Mr Horton and attacked them with objects as they tried to investigate the crime scene, he added. The officers retreated and investigators were unable to safely return until the next day.

Source: 9News

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