Update: 1 killed, 7 injured in what police say was a gang shooting

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The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public's help after eight people were shot in what officials are calling a deadly gang shooting.

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One person was fatally shot, four men suffered gunshot wounds and three women were also injured in the shooting, a news release says.

The victims ranged in age from 20-27 years old.

Police said the entire incident, which happened just after 8:30 p.m. near 16th Avenue and Newton Avenue North, involved "an exchange of gunfire between rival gangs."

That's not far from the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, and police said they were on the scene within minutes after getting reports of up to 32 shots being fired in the area, the Star Tribune reports.

More than 20 officers canvassed the area following the shooting, the release says. They recovered more than 48 shell casings and two handguns from the scene.

Police response to the shooting

Video, reportedly of the shooting, and photos of the aftermath, including bullet holes in cars and houses, are being shared on social media, with residents calling for something to be done about the violence.

Police Chief Janeé Harteau said officials are "aggressively going after those involved," adding police and the community "will not tolerate this violence," the release notes.

"Although we've witnessed an increase in shootings in our city, we don't believe there's been an increase in the number of people pulling the trigger," Harteau said in the release, adding those people are becoming "more brazen and more violent."

Investigators assigned to the incident have spoken with "a number of witnesses" and police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 612-692-8477.

Shooting follows increase in patrols

Wednesday night's shooting comes not long after the Minneapolis Police Department said it was shifting resources and patrols to the Fourth Precinct to help combat an increase in gun violence, especially on the weekends.

Officials said this would continue until "further notice," and on Thursday the police department said they would continue the patrols seven days a week, with the help of various units to prevent future crimes.


The department said in late April it noticed increased patrols seemed to be making a difference: Registered hits on ShotSpotter – the agency's gunshot-detecting technology system – decreased 49 percent, from 41 incidents down to 21, when compared to the previous weekend. (You can check out the latest ShotSpotter activation data here.)

At that time, city officials said they would continue to focus on long-term plans to help combat gun violence on Minneapolis' north side.

As of May 2, there had been 98 victims with gunshot wounds in Minneapolis this year, the city's crime statistics show. Last year at this time, there had been 55 people wounded by guns.

Data show there had been five homicides in Minneapolis as of May 2. At this time in 2015, there had been eight.

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