Two people are dead and more are injured after separate shootings in north Minneapolis Friday night and Saturday morning.
Officers responding to a shots fired call found one person dead and two others injured at a home on the 3400 block of Dupont Avenue N. around midnight, KARE 11 reports. The two surviving victims were taken to a hospital and are expected to be OK, the station says.
About five hours later, one woman was fatally shot and another seriously injured on the 2600 block of N. 3rd Street, KSTP reports. According to the station, police don't think the shootings are connected.
WCCO says one person was shot in the stomach during a third incident, this one around 1 a.m. on the 4600 block of Lyndale Avenue N. The station reports he's expected to survive.
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The Star Tribune says no arrests have been made in any of the shootings as of Saturday morning. Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to call 612-692-TIPS (8477).
The identities of the victims have not been released.
On Saturday evening, Chief Janeé Harteauaddressed the shootings on the Minneapolis Police Facebook page.
“The late evening hours of July 4th and the early morning hours of July 5th were particularly violent in our city. Our officers responded quickly and professionally," she wrote. "We take these incidents very seriously and are working diligently to apprehend those responsible for these senseless deaths. It is important for the residents of Minneapolis to know that the two homicides we are investigating are not random and are in no way related. Having said that, we are concerned about the level of violence and urge people to put their guns down and find another way to resolve personal conflicts.”
Shootings in Minneapolis
Each week, the Minneapolis Police Department releases a map of all reports of shots fired in Minneapolis over the past seven days – whether it's an actual shooting, the sound of shots fired, or an activation of the ShotSpotter technology. According to those maps, there were different shootings recorded from June 3 through June 30 – and dozens more instances of shots fired.
Just last month, WCCO reported the Minneapolis City Council voted to spend an additional $300,000 in order to expand the ShotSpotter program to more parts of north Minneapolis, due to increased gun violence in the area.
You can see a breakdown of Minneapolis crime statistics – by type of crime, month, and neighborhood – by clicking here. Through May, a total of 10 homicides were recorded throughout the city.