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National Guard says soldiers shot at in north Minneapolis; 2 suffer minor injuries

The Guard members were injured by shrapnel.

Two soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard suffered injuries when someone shot at them early Sunday morning in north Minneapolis. 

"A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police team were fired upon by a
light colored SUV early Sunday Morning," said Lt. Col. Scott Hawks. "Two National Guard members did sustain minor injuries from the incident. One National Guard member was taken to a hospital to receive care for lacerations from shattered glass." 

The soldiers and police were providing neighborhood security in the area of West Broadway and Penn avenues when the gunshots rang out at 4:19 a.m. 

"I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured," said Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. "This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now. I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time."

Dispatch audio reveals that the shots came from a white SUV that fled the scene going westbound on West Broadway towards Robbinsdale, with a Minneapolis police officer losing sight of the vehicle as it neared Hwy. 100. 

Members of the Guard are in the Twin Cities as part Minnesota Operation Safety Net's response to civil unrest related to the police shooting death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, and the Derek Chauvin murder trial. 

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