Shootings in Minneapolis are up, with 6 injured early Monday

There have been at least 260 gunshot victims in the city so far this year, which is up compared to last year.
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Six people were injured in two shootings in Minneapolis early Monday, and police believe they were both gang-related.

Police aren't yet sure if the two shootings, which happened on the same block about 15 minutes apart, are connected, noting victims in both shootings are not cooperating with police.

One suspect has been arrested, but police aren't sure which shooting he was involved in, a news release says. You can read details about these two incidents below.

Anyone with information on either shooting is encouraged to text their tip to 847411. Enter MPD and a space, then the information. All text messages are anonymous. People can also call the department's tip line at 612-692-8477.

Shootings on the rise in Minneapolis

The number of shootings has been on the rise in Minneapolis this year.

According to the most recent Minneapolis police crime data for the week ending Sept. 26, there have been 260 gunshot victims in the city so far this year. That's up nearly 29 percent from the number of gunshot victims at the time last year (there were 202).

And the figure is up 38 percent from the 188 people who were shot in 2014.

So far this year, police have recovered 469 guns that were used to commit crimes or were being possessed illegally. That's about 10.5 percent fewer than the 524 guns police recovered by this time in 2015.

The Star Tribune reported last month that police estimate there are 20-25 gangs in Minneapolis, with another 20 smaller "cliques" in operation around the city, and police say these groups have been responsible for the rise in shootings this year.

2 injured in the first shooting

The first shooting happened at the First Precinct police station (19 4th Street North) at 1:13 a.m. Monday, according to a news release.

Officers "arrived immediately" and found a man who had been shot in the hand and leg. He was taken to the hospital, where he's being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A second man brought himself to the hospital. He's being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

Police found a handgun in a nearby parking lot, and they're looking at surveillance video from cameras in the area to figure out if anyone else was involved. They also plan to speak to business owners in the area in the coming days.

4 injured in the second shooting

Police heard shots being fired near Hennepin Avenue South and Fourth Street South around 1:29 a.m., and they found three men and one juvenile male who had been shot.

Three of the victims are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, while the fourth victim – one of the adult men – is in stable condition at the hospital after being shot in the chest.

Police arrested one suspect after a short foot chase. They also located a handgun during the arrest, but didn't say where.

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