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Harteau promises 'aggressive' response after spate of Minneapolis shootings

One person was killed and several injured in two separate shooting incidents in downtown Minneapolis over the weekend.
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Minneapolis' police chief has pledged to put more officers on the streets in the city's warehouse district after a spate of shootings – one of them fatal – over the weekend.

Chief Janee Harteau said perpetrators are firing shots "without regard to police presence" following two separate incidents in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning that saw five people shot.

The second of those incidents, on the 300 block of 3rd Avenue North just after bar closing Sunday, left one man dead and a woman with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Harteau has pledged her officers will be "aggressive" in their response to the shootings, which she blames on "chronic criminal offenders."

Police haven't arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting, and Harteau said the victims in both incidents "were not forthcoming with information or cooperating with investigators."

"In both incidents, MPD Officers were working in the immediate area and responded within seconds," she said. "It is clear there continues to be an issue with violent people, often chronic offenders, who have access to weapons and use them without regard to police presence.

"I am concerned about the lack of adequate consequences and the increasing number of repeat offenders who continue to be the driving force behind our violent crime," she added. "We will continue to be aggressive in our response. I am allocating additional uniform and plain clothes officers in the warehouse district due to the violence."

Violent crime on the rise in Minneapolis

Overall, violent crime rose by 4.3 percent in Minneapolis in 2016, the Star Tribune reports.

By Dec. 28, there had been 4,605 violent crime incidents – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – reported across the city, up from 4,417 by the same date in 2015, with police pinning much of the rise in aggravated assaults on gang wars in parts of north Minneapolis.

The number of homicides, however, did drop in 2016 compared to a year earlier, according to Minneapolis PD uniform crime statistics.

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