Expect to see more police in downtown Minneapolis after recent shootings

Expect to see more police in the area after the recent violence.

Officials are vowing to crackdown on gun violence after a bystander was shot in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday night. 

Two men were arguing near the bus stop at 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue around 7:14 p.m. when one of them shot at the other, Sgt. Catherine Michal told GoMN.

The bullet missed him, but hit a nearby man in the hip. He was taken to the hospital, where he's in stable condition, Michal said. 

No one has been arrested in connection to the shooting, but the incident has officials decrying the shooting and other recent incidents of gun violence in downtown Minneapolis. 

"An innocent person was injured because someone with no regard or respect for others chose to settle their conflict with a weapon," Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said in a statement

MPD will increase patrols

As a result of this incident – and the shooting that happened less than two blocks away over the weekend – Arradondo said he's increasing police presence in the area, which is filled with bars and restaurants. 

"Violence in any form will not be tolerated in our city. We are working hard to make sure that downtown and all of Minneapolis is safe and vibrant," Arradondo said. 

And Steve Cramer, the president of the Minneapolis Downtown Counciltold the Star Tribune this kind of violence "is especially unacceptable downtown" where there are so many people in such a small area.

Even the county attorney has touched on the recent gun violence. 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, in a statement regarding charges filed against 28-year-old Travion Jacoa Jones in connection to the weekend shooting, said:

"If we cannot stop this senseless gunfire, we will at least use all of the tools available to us to try to send these shooters away for longer periods of time."

Gun violence in Minneapolis

As of Aug. 21, 183 gunshot wounds have been reported in the City of Minneapolis in 2017, the latest police department statistics show

That's down about 21 percent from the same time period last year, but is 14.38 percent more than this period in 2015.

And if you look just at statistics from the First Precinct, which covers downtown Minneapolis, there have been 31 gunshot wounds reported – up 72 percent compared to the same time period last year. 

Arradondo says so far this year the department's coordinated efforts to fight gun violence have led to more weapons getting off the street. 

Officers have taken 654 guns off the street in the city in 2017, which is 54.6 percent more than the number of weapon recoveries during the same time in 2016.

For additional police department statistics citywide, click here

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