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Woman dies after being shot in a vehicle in Minneapolis

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A woman was fatally shot inside a vehicle in Minneapolis Monday night, and police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

The Minneapolis Police Department says it was called to the 1800 block of Penn Avenue North around 11:15 p.m. on a report that someone had been shot.

That's where the found the woman inside a vehicle. She was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died "a short time later."

Investigators are speaking to the people who were in the car with the victim, while other officers are canvassing the homes and businesses in the area. Officers will also be in the neighborhood on Tuesday to talk to neighbors.

Anyone with information on this recent shooting is asked to speak to officers or text their tip to 847411 – just enter MPD, a space, and then the tip information.

The police department says the text messages are assigned a tip number and the police department has no way of identifying the source of the information, adding "all texts are anonymous," a news release says.

'Snitching' problem?

The Minneapolis Police Department has been having trouble getting witnesses or people who know information about recent shootings to come forward, the Star Tribune reported Monday.

The paper says people are reluctant to "snitch" because they're scared of retaliation if someone finds out they snitched, or they don't trust police enough, among other reasons.

This "snitching" phenomenon is nothing new – a 2009 report by the Police Executive Research Forum, with the support of the Department of Justice, looked into the problem.

It found that messages of "stop snitching" intimidate people from coming forward with information, erodes trust between communities and police, and threatens investigators' ability to solve and prevent crime, the report says.

Homicides in Minneapolis

As of June 20, there have been 10 reported homicides in Minneapolis this year and eight arrests, according to police department statistics. Last year at this time, there were 21 reported homicides in the city and 13 arrests.

Despite the number of homicides being half of what they were last year, the number of people injured by gunshots is up. As of June 20, 141 people were victims of gunshot wounds, while at this time last year there were 97.

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