Three people were murdered in separate incidents in under 24 hours in Minneapolis this week.
There have been eight homicides in the city since last Friday, April 22.
The latest wave of violence began late Thursday night when officers from the Fourth Precinct responded to “a male screaming for help” on the 2000 block of James Avenue North.
Officers located an adult male with a life-threatening gunshot wound; he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said their preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was shot by a family member inside a residence. That relative was detained by police.
Eight hours later, officers from the Fourth Precinct were again routed to a report of a shooting on the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North. The gunfire continued as officers arrived and an adult male suspect immediately fled on foot. He was eventually apprehended by police along with an adult female suspect.
Police recovered guns from both suspects and did not fire any rounds during the chaotic incident.
“Amidst the presence of gunfire, the responding officers acted bravely. The quick, effective actions of the arriving officers brought safety to an otherwise dangerous, tragic scene,” the police department said.
The victim died at the scene.
Around 4:40 p.m. Friday, Fourth Precinct officers were called to a third shooting near the 3300 block of James Avenue North. They located a man in his early 20s with a gunshot wound and provided medical aid. He died at the hospital.
Police believe several guns were fired during the incident in a “possible exchange of gunfire.” The victim ran a short distance from the scene and collapsed in the street as vehicles reportedly fled the area.
The medical examiner will release the names of the victims in the coming days.
The deaths bring the total number of homicides in Minneapolis to 31. According to city data, Minneapolis has seen a year-to-date average of 15 homicides over the last three years.