Things got a little tense outside the apartment complex where a black man was shot and killed by Minneapolis police after a six-hour standoff followed by a shoot-out.
Andrew “Tekle” Sundberg, 20, was finally shot last Thursday around 4:30 a.m. by police, who had responded six hours earlier to reports that Sundberg had fired into the home of a single mom and her two small kids. But it turns out protesters don’t much care that a black man shot up an apartment with a black woman and two children inside – all that matters to the pitchfork mob is that another man with melanin was gunned down by the cops.
No sooner had the incident reached its fatal conclusion than social justice warriors were already taking to the streets to demand justice for Sundberg. Because, as we all know, black thugs matter.
More than anyone else, apparently.
A group with the local Black Lives Matter chapter gathered outside the apartment building where the man had been shot and killed on a balcony by police snipers. And Arabella Foss-Yarbrough, the mom who Sundberg had reportedly targeted, was having none of it.
According to 24-year-old Yarbrough, Sundberg, who lived next door and whose family says was having a “mental health crisis” when he started shooting inside the apartment building, had been “stalking and harassing her for months.” The mom of two added that he tracked her through the walls before opening fire into her apartment with her two- and four-year-old sons inside.
Yarbrough confronted the protesters who had rallied outside her apartment, condemning them for rushing to Sundberg’s defense as though he had been unarmed and innocent.
"My kids have to deal with this and probably have a mental illness now because they almost lost their lives. There’s bullet holes in my kitchen because he sat in the f–ing hallway watching me move," she screamed at the protesters. "He tried to kill me in front of my kids."
“This is not a George Floyd situation,” she told them.
"I have Black children; I am a woman of color!” she went on. "If I would have lost my life, would you guys do this for me?"
Things boiled over during Saturday’s rally and march for Tekle Sundberg, when the 24 year old woman who says he was shooting into her apt. showed up voicing her frustration with those gathering in front of her building on Sundberg’s behalf. @kare11 * video contains profanity * pic.twitter.com/qdi1vbgO7k— Deevon Rahming (@DeevonRahming) July 16, 2022
Yarbrough added that she now has no place to live because her apartment is a crime scene.
Mark Sundberg, the gunman’s father who had tried to negotiate with this son during the incident, can be heard in the clip telling Yarbrough, “I’m so sorry.”
Deevon Rahming, a local reporter, shared photos of the bullet holes Yarbrough said were left inside her home after the shooting.
Arabella Yarbrough says she thought she and her 2 kids were going to die Wed. night, after she says Tekle Sundberg fired these shots through her apt. She says she called police. Sundberg was shot and killed by MPD ending a 6hr standoff. More on this, tonight at 10. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/4x0ITgBkoZ— Deevon Rahming (@DeevonRahming) July 17, 2022
When the shots started blasting through her walls, Yarbrough said she called the police, who arrived and helped her and her two children make it safely out of the building. Sundberg then reportedly shot at the cops, leading to the hours-long standoff.
Police are now reviewing body cam footage from the 50 or so officers who ultimately showed up at the scene, and haven’t yet said what exactly led to the police shooting Sundberg.
Although I'm thinking that allegedly shooting into someone else's apartment, nearly killing their toddlers, and then opening fire on police might have been contributing factors.