Minneapolis recorded its 34th homicide of the year on Saturday night and the shooting that led up to it was apparently captured on video.
According to a statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department, just after 9 p.m., officers were dispatched to a ShotSpotter activation on the 2600 block of Upton Avenue North. While en route, officers were advised that someone had been shot.
When officers arrived at the location, they were unable to locate a victim and were advised that an adult male had arrived at North Memorial Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The victim died at the hospital a short time later. The Crime Lab responded to the scene and homicide detectives took over the investigation, the statement said.
Shortly after the shooting Saturday night, a home security video surfaced online that appears to show the incident play out. An apparent suspect can be seen in the foreground of the video firing shots from behind a vehicle at a group of people on the next block.
The video appears to show a person in a white T-shirt get struck and then stumble several feet into the street. The suspect then gets into the passenger side of the vehicle as it speeds away.
Just over two hours later, about 11:30 p.m., police in north Minneapolis began a pursuit of a vehicle they said matched the description of the homicide suspect’s vehicle, according to a post based on police dispatch audio by Crime Watch Minneapolis.
47th and Lyndale Ave N, PURSUIT of tonight's homicide suspect.
Now on I94 eastbound.
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) May 30, 2021
The vehicle fled onto I-94 and into St. Paul. The vehicle exited on North Lexington Parkway and was stopped near the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue where at least one suspect fled from the vehicle. The fleeing suspect was apprehended a short time later and two suspects still inside the vehicle were reportedly taken into custody at gunpoint by police. Two firearms were recovered at the scene, according to police dispatch audio.
The vehicle was eventually towed to the police forensics lot, but subsequent police dispatches indicated that the wheels of the vehicle involved in the pursuit may not have been a match for the suspect’s vehicle, which showed two different colored hubcaps on the passenger side.
Around 5 a.m. Sunday, police in north Minneapolis again indicated that they had sight of the possible homicide suspect’s vehicle, described as a black Ford Fusion, according to police dispatch audio. Squads performed a felony stop on the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody without incident on the 2300 block of Fremont Avenue North.
Information was not immediately available from MPD about any of the arrested parties. The Hennepin County medical examiner is expected to release the identity of the victim in the coming days.
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