The gunfire took place as the community was still recovering from three previous shootings that left two children injured and a third dead. Community leaders are expected Sunday to offer a reward for information on the shootings.
“These brazen acts of gun violence must stop,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “The perpetrators of these crimes should never find refuge or anonymity in our communities… We need the help of community leaders and residents to stand up and speak out loud and clear that they will not tolerate this violence either.”
TWO DEAD, EIGHT INJURED
According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers were patrolling near the 300 block of North First Avenue around 2 a.m. when they heard gunshots and ran towards the scene.
They arrived to find “an unusually chaotic scene” outside the Monarch nightclub, with several people lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds, police spokesman John Elder said in a statement.
While police treated the victims, they found two men dead from gunshot wounds.
Of the 10 victims, five were men and five were women. One of the men was listed in critical condition on Saturday and the other victims have non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Investigators believe two people were standing in a crowded area when they started arguing. The two pulled out their weapons and started shooting.
Officers attempted to secure the scene and bring paramedics into the area, but had difficulty due to the number of people nearby, Elder said. Officers from inside and outside Minneapolis have been summoned to help restore order.
On Saturday night, Elder said a 23-year-old man from Bloomington was arrested and charged with probable cause murder in the Monarch shooting. Elder said the man was one of the two shooters and the other was one of the victims.
The University of St. Thomas community identified one of the dead men as Charlie Johnson, a mechanical engineering major, who would graduate on Saturday.
“Our community is shocked and saddened by the news of Charlie’s death,” said Julie Sullivan, president of the university. “One day when he and his family should have celebrated his graduation from our engineering school, we are devastated by this loss.”
Johnson was remembered at all three undergraduate debut ceremonies on Saturday with his name read and an empty chair placed with a cap and robe. A member of his family accepted his degree on his behalf.
Elder said seven police homicide detectives had been assigned to the case.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identities of the remaining victims, as well as the nature and cause of death, at a later date.
MAN FOUND IN CAR
Another shooting Friday night in Minneapolis left another man dead.At approximately 8:40 p.m., police were called to an area near the intersection of 26th Avenue North and Logan Avenue North for a two-vehicle accident.
Officers found a man, believed to be in his 20s, dead in one of the vehicles. He had been shot several times.
Another man was injured in the incident and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center with gunshot wounds that were not considered life threatening, police said.
The latest deaths brought the city’s homicide total to 31 for 2021.
“There are too many people in our city today who believe they can act with impunity, the consequences are damned,” said Steve Cramer, president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. “Until that changes and our whole community stands up – family members, elected officials, businesses, community and religious leaders, prosecutors, judges, all of us – to say enough, we can expect this madness continues.
THREE CHILDREN SHOT IN THREE WEEKS
Between April 30 and May 17, three children were shot dead in Minneapolis.
Ladavionne Garrett, Jr., 10, was shot in the head in Minneapolis while in the back seat of his parents’ car on April 30 near North 34th and Morgan avenues.
Trinity Ottoson-Smith, 9, was injured in a drive-by shootout on May 15 while playing with friends on Ilion Avenue, just north of West Broadway Avenue.
Aniya Allen, 6, was eating McDonald’s in the back seat of her family’s car on the 3500 block of Penn Avenue in north Minneapolis on May 17 when she was shot. She died of her injuries a day later. She was the granddaughter of prominent peace activist KG Wilson.
Arradondo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, community and business leaders will announce a $ 30,000 reward fund for information on the shootings on Sunday. A press conference is scheduled for noon in front of Minneapolis City Hall.
“Last night brought tragic news again,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement on Saturday. “Once again, our collective conscience is shocked.”
“These results are not fatal,” he said. “We can stem crime in our city, but it will take all of us together with a renewed commitment to prevention work and a joint resolution to end gun violence and bring perpetrators to justice.”
Gun-related homicides in mid-size and large US cities have exploded during the pandemic, and criminologists believe the socio-economic loss from the coronavirus in many communities is behind this trend. A Council on Criminal Justice study tracked a 30% increase in homicides overall in a sample of 34 U.S. cities in 2020, as well as an 8% increase in gun assaults.
Frey and other city leaders have come under pressure to reform the city’s police department and promote racial justice and healing since the death of George Floyd almost a year ago. Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter, and three other officers are awaiting trial for aiding and abetting. The four also face federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights, and the police department is at the center of federal and state investigations into his practices.
Frey’s proposals include prioritizing funding for more cameras in high crime areas, and he wants to address disparities in traffic stops by pledging to stop stops for low level offenses, like a traffic light. rear broken.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.