May 5, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) At 8:37 p.m. on May 4th, officers in the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct responded to a shots fired call on the 1600 block of Newton Avenue North. Arriving within 2 minutes of the call, officers found a 20 year old man who had died. They also identified 2 adults suffering from gunshot wounds. A short time later, 5 more gunshot wound victims connected to the incident were identified after arriving at area hospitals on their own (not by ambulance).
In total, there are 8 victims in this incident: 1 male who was shot and killed, 4 males who suffered gunshot wounds and 3 females who were also injured by gunfire. The victims range in age between 20 and 27 years old. More than 4 dozen shell casings were collected at the scene; 2 handguns were also recovered after more than 20 officers immediately canvassed the area. The entire incident involves an exchange of gunfire between rival gangs. A team of investigators has been assigned to this case and they have already talked to a number of witnesses. The MPD is urging anyone with more information on this shooting to call (612) 692-TIPS (8477).
“We will not tolerate this violence. Not as a police department and not as a community. We have good intelligence in this case, and we are aggressively going after those involved. Although we’ve witnessed an increase in shootings in our city, we don’t believe there’s been an increase in the number of people pulling the trigger. It’s a small section of our population, and the same people are becoming more brazen and more violent. The victims in the most recent incident were the intended targets, but this violence affects everyone. Numerous homes and vehicles in this area were hit by gunfire,” Chief Janeé Harteau said.
The Minneapolis Police Department had previously committed a significant increase of patrol cars to this area to prevent shootings and retaliatory violence. Effective immediately, those additional resources will be patrolling this area seven days per week. Joint Enforcement Teams will also begin patrolling the north side next week, as MPD Officers, Hennepin County Sheriff Deputies, Metro Transit Police Officers and MN State Troopers target patrols in gun violence hot spot areas.
The MPD has also coordinated its shooting investigations in an effort to hold suspects accountable. The MPD’s Violent Crime Investigations Team, Weapons Unit, Gang Interdiction Team, Safe Streets Task Force and ShotSpotter Investigators have been working together, around the clock, in an effort to both prevent and solve these violent crimes.
In addition to focused enforcement, we will be working closely with probation officers, the county attorney’s office and our community stakeholders to combat this problem.