Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed in Minneapolis, a motorist was shot dead in Maple Grove, and an Instacart driver who made headlines last year has been arrested on domestic assault charges.

Minneapolis police responded downtown shortly before midnight Friday to a report of a shooting on the 300 block of Hennepin Avenue. Police arrived and aired over dispatch that the victim was a juvenile. (Crime Watch Minneapolis)

On Friday, Tara Olivia Plum, 37, of Coon Rapids made an appearance in Anoka County court after being charged with obstruction and two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault in a new case charged last week.

Tara Olivia Plum/Anoka County Jail

Plum made viral headlines last December as the anti-police Instacart delivery driver who smashed groceries in the driveway of an elderly couple in Blaine, apparently angered over a pro-police sign they had placed in their yard. Plum also left behind a vulgar note on a receipt that said, in part, “f— the police” and “racist pigs.”

The police report related to the new charges says Plum told police that she “football charged” her father after he confronted her about damaging sheetrock in her bedroom and other materials in the basement of the house. Plum’s father told police he was knocked to the floor where he curled up in the fetal position, covering his head out of fear of her anger and what else may happen. Plum’s father later told police that Plum told him that she was going to “kill him after she got out of jail.”

Police arrived and gathered statements and took photographs of the damage to the residence. They also observed injuries on the victim. When police told Plum she was under arrest, she walked away and said, “No, that’s not happening.” The charges say Plum proceeded to resist arrest, causing extra officers to be called to the scene. As Plum struggled with police, she continued to yell “my dad is a dead man when I get out.” One officer suffered a cut from being scratched by Plum.

In the Friday hearing on the new charges, Plum was granted a public defender. A domestic abuse no-contact order was issued by the judge, and Plum was released from custody on zero bail required. She’s scheduled to make her next court appearance on June 15.

Minneapolis police were dispatched to a report of a stabbing around 2:45 p.m. Friday near 1300 Linden Avenue in the North Loop. Police canvassed the area and eventually found the victim near 8th and Hennepin Avenue, according to police dispatch audio. Police later released information saying they believed the incident stemmed from an altercation. The 56-year-old male victim was transported to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, police said. A 58-year-old male suspect was arrested and remains in custody on probable cause assault.

Minneapolis police responded at about 4:15 p.m. Friday on a report of a shooting in a parking lot on the 1500 block of South 4th Street in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. They arrived to find a male shot in the chest, according to police dispatch audio.

While tending to the victim, police learned a second shooting victim had arrived at the hospital in a vehicle that matched the description of one that had left the same scene.

A subsequent statement released by MPD said both victims had been hospitalized with potentially life-threatening injuries. The preliminary investigation indicated that both vehicles were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting and that shots had been fired from one vehicle toward another. Both vehicles fled the area. No further details were provided, and police said they are working to determine how the two parties were connected to the shooting and if they were occupants in the vehicles.

Minneapolis police responded downtown shortly before midnight Friday to a report of a shooting on the 300 block of Hennepin Avenue. Police arrived and aired over dispatch that the victim was a juvenile. Further dispatches stated the child was shot in the chest and that CPR was being performed on the way to the hospital.

Police later released a statement confirming that a 10-year-old boy had died at the hospital as a result of the shooting. Police stated that the boy and another juvenile family member had been alone in an apartment at the time of the shooting. Homicide detectives collected evidence and continue to investigate the death. The medical examiner is expected to release the name of the victim along with the cause and manner of death in the coming days.

Augsburg University in the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis issued a notice about an attempted armed robbery just after 7 a.m. Saturday morning. They stated the incident involved a female victim not associated with the university and occurred in the university’s Lot L parking lot. The male suspect approached the victim as she walked toward her vehicle, then pulled a gun and demanded money. The suspect fled without taking anything. No suspect description was made available, and Minneapolis police are investigating the incident.

Minneapolis police responded to yet another shooting at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on the 2900 block of 14th Avenue South. Police arrived to find a male lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the head.

Home security video of the shooting was posted online a short time later.

The video shows a vehicle rapidly approach the roadway through an alley and stop as a male walks in the center of the street in the direction of the vehicle. One shot rings out from the vehicle in the alley and the victim drops to the ground. The suspect vehicle and several other vehicles appear to leave the area immediately after the shooting.

A police spokesperson later said the 45-year-old victim was hospitalized with a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound.

A neighborhood resident who did not want to be identified told Alpha News that drug dealing takes place out of vehicles on the block at all hours of the day and night and that some of the occupants appear to be armed. The resident said they’ve seen little in the way of law enforcement intervention and have asked the mayor and police to put up a pole camera in the area. “It’s 24/7 drug and gun crime. There are toddlers who live here,” the person said.

Brooklyn Park police released a statement on Sunday saying they responded just after 2 p.m. to a call of shots fired in the 8300 block of Yates Avenue. Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots and observed four males running from the area. An officer found multiple shell casings in the street and two homes had bullets go through windows. No injuries were reported at the time and the incident is being investigated.

Maple Grove police reported that an adult male died in a shooting Sunday afternoon following an altercation between two motorists in the area of County Road 30 and Garland Lane.

Initial reports indicated that one of the parties discharged a firearm toward the other vehicle and then both vehicles left the area. Police located a vehicle off the roadway near I-94 and Maple Grove Parkway and found a male in the vehicle with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.

Investigators are pursuing leads and ask anyone with information to contact Detective Maiers at 763-494-6246.

The University of Minnesota issued a safety alert Sunday night after a delivery driver was reportedly carjacked and assaulted in Minneapolis near Washington Avenue Southeast and University Avenue Southeast just before 9 p.m.

A silver Toyota Prius was taken in the robbery, plate HGL205. No suspect information was made available.

St. Paul officers were dispatched just after 9 p.m. Sunday to a report of a domestic assault on the 600 block of Selby Avenue. The 911 caller reported that someone had hit their daughter, according to police dispatch audio. While en route, the dispatcher advised police that the call had been updated to a shooting with a person reportedly shot in the chest.

A man was later reported to be hospitalized as a result of the shooting. Police said no arrests had been made but little other information was available Sunday night.

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