Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

A 15-year-old girl was killed in a Columbia Heights shooting and another person was murdered in George Floyd Square this weekend.

The intersection of 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd died. It has come to be known as George Floyd Square. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

St. Paul — A passenger was shot aboard a Metro Transit Green Line train on Friday afternoon, March 25. Police responded about 1:40 p.m. to the Lexington Parkway LRT station at University Avenue West where they found an adult male shot twice in the leg. Police described finding casings aboard the train and the smell of gunpowder, according to the dispatch audio. The suspect reportedly fled from the train and police searched with a K9 around the area following the incident.

The suspect was described on dispatch as a black male in his early 20s, 5’2”, wearing a black hoodie with a white diamond design on the hood, a red-white-and-blue top underneath, blue faded pants, and black and white tennis shoes.

Police later stated the man’s wounds appeared to be non-life threatening. No arrests were made at the time of the incident, and there was no indication in the dispatch audio or within later information issued by the St. Paul Police Department on what may have led up to the shooting.

Columbia Heights — The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that a 15-year-old girl had died in a shooting on the 3900 block of 3rd Avenue Northeast in an overnight incident. The girl was identified as Derryanna Deashia Davis of Columbia Heights. The statement said that two juveniles were briefly detained and questioned by law enforcement but were released.

Crime Watch reported that police dispatch audio from the time of the incident indicated that a bullet may have come through the wall. However, few details were made available by the sheriff’s office, which said that the incident was still under investigation.

“We will continue the investigation until the truth is found and justice is served,” the sheriff’s office said.

Minneapolis — A man died Friday night in a shooting inside a house on the 3800 block of Chicago Avenue South, the area dubbed “George Floyd Square.” The report of the shooting was aired over dispatch just before 8 p.m. with the dispatcher stating that the 911 caller was “refusing all info.”

Dispatch audio at the time indicated that a sergeant requested several squads to respond to the incident due to the lack of information being provided by the 911 caller.

Several officers arrived and made entry to the house and located the victim with a gunshot wound to the neck. A firearm was reportedly located inside the residence and people inside the house were detained, according to police dispatch audio.

The Minneapolis Police Department later updated that an adult male believed to be in his 40s had died as a result of the incident, which they called the city’s 14th homicide. No arrests had been made at the time and no further information was offered by MPD.

Minneapolis — Two people were reported shot Sunday just before 4 p.m. in the area of the 3400 block of Fremont Avenue North. One male who reportedly fled from the scene was found with a gunshot wound to the chest at a residence on the 3400 block of Bryant Avenue North, according to dispatch audio.

Police later reported that another male was driven to a hospital in Maple Grove. The first victim’s injuries were reported to be life threatening; the second victim’s injuries were not, and he is expected to survive.

The dispatcher at the time of the incident reported two ShotSpotter activations indicating 20 rounds and 11 rounds had been fired in the area of 34th and Fremont Avenue North. An original report had been aired that it was a possible robbery with shots fired.

A recording of some of the gunshot audio surfaced online a short time later.

Police reported to dispatch that they found a vehicle near 34th and Fremont that had “lots of bullet holes,” as well as other vehicles that had been struck by gunfire. One resident also reported that bullets had struck their house.

At this time, police have offered no information about possible suspects or a motive for the shootings.

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