Minneapolis police are investigating the city’s 94th homicide. If that number reaches 98 in the next four days, it will make 2021 the most violent year on record for Minneapolis.
Police officers responded to a shooting at 11:40 a.m. Monday on the 3700 block of Park Avenue South. They found a deceased adult male with a gunshot wound and have arrested a 15-year-old juvenile male on probable cause murder. The shooting was domestic related, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a press release.
The identity of the suspect hasn’t been made public; the medical examiner will release the identity of the victim in the coming days.
Minneapolis already surpassed last year’s homicide total of 84 in early November. In 1995, the city set an all-time record of 97 homicides, earning it the nickname of “Murderapolis.”
In early December, Minnesota’s capital city of St. Paul broke its all-time record of 34 homicides set in 1992 and matched in 2020. As of Dec. 8, 12 major cities, including St. Paul, had surpassed their all-time records.
“These murders have enormous consequences, including the tragic death of several of Minnesota’s children, and other innocent victims,” former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said in response.
“Liberal elite politicians at the state capitol, including Gov. Tim Walz, have ignored pleas from community leaders to protect their families and neighborhoods, and support public safety. When will Minnesota leaders make our safety their priority?”