Authorities in Minneapolis identified the victims of two separate fatal shootings during a holiday weekend when the city's police chief urged residents to "put down their guns and find another way to resolve personal conflicts."
KSTP reports the Hennepin County medical examiner identified the victim of a fatal shooting in northeast Minneapolis late Friday night as 28-year-old Cabrie Devon Young, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Two other men suffered non-life threatening injuries in that same incident.
The Pioneer Press reports one of the injured men is in custody and being held on probable-cause homicide.
Police say that shooting on Dupont Ave. is unrelated to one that left a woman dead in the 2600 block of North Third Street at about 5 a.m. Saturday.
Sunday night the medical examiner identified the victim as 24-year-old Francesca Marie DeSandre of Minneapolis. The medical examiner says the death was a homicide caused by multiple gun shot wounds.
The Pioneer Press says there was also a report of a man injured in a shooting at 46th and Lyndale Avenues on Minneapolis' north side.
And WCCO reports police are investigating two different stabbings that each left a person hospitalized. Authorities told the station one of the stabbings was related to the shooting that killed DeSandre.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau's statement on the department's Facebook page emphasized that investigators believe the two fatal shootings were not random and were not related to each other. Harteau says police are working to apprehend those responsible and urged residents to put their guns down.
Mayor Betsy Hodges referenced the killings via Twitter.
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Violence 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.