St. Thomas student among three killed in Minneapolis shootings. Community leaders offer a reward after a violent night. – Twin towns – fr

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St. Thomas student among three killed in Minneapolis shootings. Community leaders offer a reward after a violent night. – Twin towns – fr


Minneapolis city leaders are asking the community for help in ending the recent wave of violence that left three people dead and nine injured Friday night and early Saturday. One of the deceased was supposed to graduate from St. Thomas University later that day.

A cap and robe rest on an empty chair Saturday, May 22, 2021, during graduation ceremonies at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, representing deceased students, including Charlie Johnson, an early shot engineering student Saturday in Minneapolis. (Courtesy of the University of St. Thomas)

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.

Camille Johnson accepts a diploma Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the University of Saint Thomas on behalf of her brother Charlie, who was shot the night before in Minneapolis. (Courtesy of the University of St. Thomas)

“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.

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