Homicide detectives investigating 2 more deaths in Minneapolis

There have been at least 50 homicides in Minneapolis this year.
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Homicide detectives are investigating two more deaths in Minneapolis, the latest of which saw a woman found dead outside a home in north Minneapolis early Wednesday.

At 2:34 a.m. Wednesday, Minneapolis police responded to a report of a person with a weapon on the 4800 block of Aldrich Avenue North, where they found a woman dead outside a home, Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said in a news release. 

A gun was recovered at the scene, with police in the process of determining what led to the shooting, and identifying any suspects.

The woman's death has not yet been confirmed as a homicide, with the woman's identity and cause of death due to be released by a medical examiner in the coming days.

It came hours after Minneapolis confirmed its 50th homicide of the year. Police announce that a man died Monday in a hospital from injuries he sustained two days earlier in an assault on the 2000 block of Lowry Avenue North.

According to police, the victim, a man in his 20s, arrived at the hospital just before 3 a.m. on Saturday. 

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Their preliminary investigation indicates the man had a disagreement with another person that turned into a physical altercation in which the suspect "struck the victim, causing him to fall to the ground."

The victim was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital, dying two days later.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Wednesday identified the man as Awwal Adebayo Ladipo, 25, of Minneapolis. He died of blunt force head trauma and his manner of death is "pending further investigation."

Ladipo's death marked the 50th reportable homicide in Minneapolis in 2021: 42 from firearms, five from knife/cutting instruments, one from hands/feet and two unknown. (It's worth noting, MPD does not count homicides that are investigated by other agencies even though they may have happened within the City of Minneapolis.)

At this time last year, there were 42 homicides in Minneapolis. 

Related [July 27]: Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online here

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