Patrols increased as 3 are shot to death on another day of violence in Minneapolis


Three people have died in two separate incidents of gun violence in Minneapolis.

Police say that a man was killed in a targeted attack in north Minneapolis just before 10:40 p.m. Friday, a few hours after a double killing in south Minneapolis in what is believed to have been a domestic incident.

Police spokesman John Elder said patrols and community engagement in both the 3rd and the 4th precincts will be stepped up in the wake of these incidents, allocating more "patrol resources in an effort to prevent future acts of violent crime."

The incident in north Minneapolis was investigated after a ShotSpotter notification of shots fired on the 1800 block of Newton Ave. N.

When they arrived, a man was found in front of the house dead from a gunshot wound.

Another man was found at the scene who had been shot in the foot. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Preliminary indications are that the deceased victim was the intended target, and no descriptions of a suspect have been released at this stage.

Earlier on Friday, two people were found dead from gunshot wounds at a home in the 2200 block of 10th Ave. S. in what was an apparent case of domestic violence.

No details of the victims have been released, but in a statement, police say two other people who were at the house were taken into custody. One of them is a suspect in the shooting; the other is in protective custody.

The victims were dead when officers arrived at 5:15 p.m., police say.

Homicides up, police deal with spate of shootings

City police have been dealing with a rash of shootings recently. Two weeks ago, on another Friday night, one person was killed and ten shot in total in separate incidents in downtown and north Minneapolis, prompting police chief Janee Harteau to say it highlighted the "challenges" city police are facing.

There has been an uptick in violent crime in 2015 across Hennepin County. According to Minneapolis police statistics, at the end of August there had been 30 confirmed homicides, compared to 23 at the same point in 2014.

The Star Tribune's Libor Jany said that the double killing in south Minneapolis now brings the city's homicide count this year to 33, which will rise to 34 if the north Minneapolis shooting is confirmed a homicide.

Anyone with information about the north Minneapolis shooting should call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674.

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