Several people shot in 12-hour span in Minneapolis overnight Friday

Minneapolis recorded its 72nd homicide of the year Friday night.

Minneapolis Fire Department responds to a fire at the site of an earlier homicide (Minneapolis Fire Dept.)

Several people were shot in Minneapolis from Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning, including a 15-year-old high school student and an adult male who died from his injuries.

Crime Watch Minneapolis tracked about 10 preliminary shooting reports on police dispatch audio in a 12-hour span.

The carnage began around 3 p.m. Friday when three victims were injured in a drive-by shooting near East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue. According to Crime Watch, the victims included a 15-year-old male, a 65-year-old woman, and a 19-year old male.

The 15-year-old was later identified as a student at South High School, an email from the school obtained by Crime Watch says.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share that during today’s dismissal, one of our students, along with other community members, was injured in a drive-by shooting at Lake Street near Hiawatha near our school. The student was rushed to a nearby hospital,” an assistant principal said in the email.

All of the victims reportedly suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. Crime Watch reports that more than 60 shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Later that night, Minneapolis recorded its 72nd homicide of the year when an adult male was killed around 11:30 p.m. on the 2700 block of 15th Avenue South.

Police say they identified a man with a fatal gunshot wound inside a residence.

“Preliminary information indicates that an altercation between the deceased male and a male known to him escalated into gunfire,” police said.

Police said no arrests have been made and the identity of the victim will be released in the coming days.

In an odd turn of events, the house where the homicide took place started on fire early Saturday morning, Crime Watch reports. The Minneapolis Fire Department reported responding to the fire around 6:40 a.m. Saturday and had the bulk of the exterior fire extinguished by 7:30. They did not release any details on the cause of the fire.

According to the city of Minneapolis, 493 people have been struck by gunfire this year, down from the 570 at this point last year but up 17% over the previous three years.


Anthony Gockowski

Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.