A man, believed to be in his late teens, died at the hospital hours after he was shot during a suspected robbery in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis Sunday night.
According to the Minneapolis Police Department, police responded at 8:05 p.m. Sunday to the area of Bryant Avenue South and Lake Street West where they located the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died "several hours" later, police said. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will release the man's identity.
The police department's preliminary investigation indicates the victim and another person were in a car near Fremont Avenue South and Lagoon Avenue South when they were approached by a man who got into the back seat of the car and attempted to rob them.
During this, a shot was fired, hitting the victim, police said. The suspect then fled and the vehicle drove off, stopping at Bryant and Lake Street to notify police.
In late October, the Minneapolis Police Department's 5th Precinct, which covers the Uptown neighborhood, issued a crime alert about an increase in robberies and carjackings from Oct. 12-25. At that time, KSTP reported one-fourth of the robberies reported involved a knife or gun, but none resulted in any serious injuries or deaths.
According to Minneapolis Police Department data, from Oct. 25-Nov. 7 (the most recent data available), there were 30 violent crimes in the 5th Precinct, including 13 robberies, one homicide and eight aggravated assaults. So far this year, there have been 676 violent crimes in the area – at this time last year, there were 500.
Citywide, there have been 222 violent crimes in Minneapolis from Oct. 25-Nov. 7. So far this year, there have been 4,639 violent crimes citywide – at this time last year, there were 3,798.
As of Nov. 7, there have been 72 homicides in Minneapolis this year. Last year at this time, there were 39 homicides.
Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.