Man killed in Minneapolis gunfire identified as young father, local barber

Pollard was shot and killed over the weekend.
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UPDATE TUESDAY, JUNE 23

It was originally believed that Cody Pollard was shot and killed in the Uptown shooting early Sunday morning, though Minneapolis police have now said that Pollard was the victim of a shooting around the same time near 7th St. N. and 1st. Ave. N. in downtown Minneapolis. 

Furthermore, there are no known fatalities from the Uptown shooting, of which there were 11 people shot, not 12 as was originally reported by police. 

Original story includes incorrect information about where Pollard was shot. 

Eleven people were wounded and one man was killed when gunmen opened fire on a large crowd in Uptown early Sunday, and the person who died has been identified as a talented barber and father of two. 

Cody Pollard, 27, was fatally struck when the gunfire erupted just after 12:30 p.m. on the 2900 block of Hennepin Ave., according to a GoFundMe campaign that says he was "murdered in a senseless act of violence." 

The campaign describes Pollard as a father of two, a fiancé and a prominent local barber who popularized the hashtag "CutsByCody." 

"This was a father who deserved a great father's day, let's show how our community can help his children in any way. Condolences out to his new baby girl, son, fiancé, siblings, and Parents," the GoFundMe, which as of this writing has generated just over $6,000, explains. 

The barrage of bullets left 11 other adults injured, with many of them transported to area hospitals by private vehicles while others awaited care from arriving paramedics. 

Police said "individuals on foot started shooting in the mid-2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South and proceeded north." As people in the area fled, so did the suspects. No arrests have been made, though five detectives are working the case. 

Chief Medario Arradondo called the blaze of gunfire "senseless and tragic." 

"We have seen unfortunately in the past several months an uptick in violent crime in Minneapolis, and we are certainly doing our best to address that," Arradondo said at a Sunday press conference. "This is going to take more than just the Minneapolis Police Department. The numbers we are seeing are truly ... a public health crisis."

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According to the Star Tribune, more than 90 people have been shot in Minneapolis since May 26 – the day after George Floyd was killed while in police custody. 

The gun violence continued later Sunday as a 17-year-old boy was shot dead on the city's North Side. 

Anyone with information about unsolved homicides is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous and can also be submitted online through CrimeStoppersMN.org

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