Latest Minneapolis homicide makes it 40 so far this year

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A man was shot and killed in Minneapolis Monday evening, bringing the number of homicides in the city to 40 so far this year.

Minneapolis police say they were called shortly before 5 p.m. to the corner of West Lake Street and Pleasant Avenue, where they found an adult male dead of gunshot wounds.

According to KSTP, police are treating the shooting as a homicide, and are looking for witnesses to help them track down the shooter.

At a news conference Monday evening, Police Chief Janeé Harteau said the victim and the suspect knew each other.

Monday's homicide occurred less than 24 hours after another man was shot to death in an alley in south Minneapolis.

It's the fifth homicide in Minneapolis in less than a week, and Harteau is urging people to "put the guns down."

“This community needs peace,” Harteau said, according to KSTP. “Gun violence is taking over the streets.”

"These cases aren’t necessarily related, but the common denominator is gun violence,” Harteau said, according to a statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Just a few days ago, Harteau spoke of the recent uptick in gun violence and how her department is responding to it.

“What you’re seeing now is those who were convicted with the early gang wars — their kids are now coming up,” Harteau said in an interview with WCCO. “These folks are coming out of prison, so we are having those two worlds collide.”

Harteau said one focus of hers is to keep guns out of the hands of previously convicted violent criminals. Another priority is to reduce gang-related shootings.

Harteau said she is putting together a new unit that will investigate gun crimes to see how they might be connected, with an eye toward preventing retaliatory shootings, according to WCCO.

The identities of the victims will be released in coming days by the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

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