Police chief vows 'vigorous' response after a night of gun violence in Minneapolis


Police Chief Janee Harteau has said that the shooting of 10 people overnight in two separate incidents – one of whom died – highlights the "challenges" the city of Minneapolis is facing.

Four men were shot – one fatally – in north Minneapolis at around 4:30 a.m., a few hours after six people were shot in downtown on 1st Ave. and N. 5th St.

The shooting downtown happened despite police officers being in close proximity, according to a press release, with Chief Harteau saying the shooters showed "blatant disregard for human life and no fear of the consequences of their actions."

"Violent acts like last night’s shootings are abhorrent and contrary to the values we hold as a city," she said, adding that while police and its partners have undertaken efforts to reduce violent crime, "the shots fired last night are a reminder that we have much more to do and I remain committed to these efforts."

"This morning’s shooting further highlights the challenges we continue to face with people who choose to resolve their disputes with gun violence," she added. "I am proud of the swift and heroic actions of my officers as they responded professionally and admirably. They ran towards the gunfire and apprehended three suspects and recovered two guns."

She went on to say those who "recklessly endanger the lives of others" will be "vigorously" pursued, adding: "The swift arrests and camera footage will help in the aggressive prosecution of those who put our community at risk."

Here's a run-down of last night's shootings.

One man dies in north Minneapolis

Minneapolis police say that four people were found shot at a residence on the 1200 block of 22nd Ave. N. at around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived at the house to find three men with gunshot wounds, one of whom was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to North Memorial Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening wounds.

Another man, who is believed to have fled out of the residence for safety, was found lying down on the 1000 block of 22nd Ave. N., he also had non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Police say that the home was specifically targeted and the shooting may have been drug related. The city's 4th Precinct has said it will be increasing patrols in the area in response.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674. The case number is 15-344700.

Altercation leads to downtown shooting

Six people are in the hospital after a being shot near the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis overnight. The incident occurred at 1st Avenue and N. 5th St., next to the Hennepin/Warehouse District light rail station.

Minneapolis police confirmed on its Facebook page that an altercation led to six people being shot at around 2 a.m. Nearby officers were quickly on the scene and arrested three people.

All the injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, with all six being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center. Two guns were recovered from the scene.

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