Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

Minneapolis experienced four homicides over the weekend.

Minneapolis officers perform CPR on an Uptown shooting victim. (Photo submitted to Crime Watch)

A Minneapolis hardware business on the 3800 block of Nicollet Avenue posted on Facebook stating their business had been burglarized early Friday morning before 1 a.m. The thieves broke in through the glass on the front doors and proceeded to steal power tools, outdoor equipment, socket sets, cash, and other items. The business said that after two people initially broke the door, it “became a snatch and grab for the neighborhood.”

They said six different people were seen on surveillance helping themselves to merchandise during the burglary. The business indicated that they’ve seen a “huge increase” in shoplifting and property theft over the last few months but have remained silent. This burglary was their “breaking point.” They asked anyone with information about the suspects to contact police.

Burglary suspects/Nicollet Ace Hardware

Minneapolis police on Friday released a statement that the victim from a shooting on Wednesday on the 5100 block of Bryant Avenue North had died of a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was identified by the medical examiner as I Am King Majesty Allah, 20, of Minneapolis. Police said preliminary information indicated that the victim had been standing outside a vehicle conversing with the occupants when shots were fired. The vehicle immediately left the area, and as of Friday no suspects were reported to be in custody. MPD said the death was the city’s 23rd homicide for the year.

Minneapolis police were dispatched Friday morning to the 600 block of 1st Avenue North on a report of a person who said he was sexually assaulted by an unknown male, according to police scanner audio.

When police arrived in the area, they indicated that they had made contact with the male who made the 911 call and he was reportedly waiting outside a building.

Few details were aired at the time, but police had gone to a unit on the fourth floor of the building where EMS were already present and performing CPR on someone.

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) later said that the 50-year-old male in the unit had died at the scene and the death was being investigated as homicide number 24 for the city.

Police said that Jhmahl Leevernon Shannon, 33, had been arrested and briefly hospitalized before being booked into Hennepin County Jail. He remains in custody on probable cause murder.

Jhmahl Leevernon Shannon/Minnesota Department of Corrections

Brooklyn Center police released a statement saying they responded Friday night to an armed robbery of a pharmacy on the 6300 block of Brooklyn Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers engaged in a foot pursuit of two fleeing suspects. One was apprehended at the time and a firearm was recovered along the path where one of the suspects had fled. No injuries were reported and the robbery continues to be investigated.

Minneapolis police were dispatched around 5 a.m. Saturday on a report of a shooting victim who arrived at the hospital. The suspect was reportedly uncooperative and did not immediately provide information on where the shooting occurred.

Minneapolis police were dispatched at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday to a report of a person stabbed in the abdomen on the 2400 block of Pillsbury Avenue. The suspect was still reported to be in the area and was immediately taken into custody when police arrived, according to police scanner audio. The 54-year-old suspect remains in custody on probable cause first-degree assault.

Anoka police reported Saturday that they had responded before 4:30 a.m. on a report of a person shot at 78 West Main Street. Police arrived and found an adult male outside the building with apparent gunshot wounds. The man was hospitalized, and no information was made available about his condition. The case remains an active investigation.

Minneapolis police responded just before noon on Saturday to a report of shots fired near 41st and Portland Avenue. The dispatcher quickly updated the incident to a shooting, according to police scanner audio.

The victim was found by police inside a vehicle near 41st and Park Avenue. At the time, police reported that the victim was still breathing with a weak pulse. Shortly thereafter, police indicated that they were starting CPR on the victim.

It was also eventually aired that the suspect and victim were brothers. Witnesses reportedly told police that the suspect had used a small caliber long gun to shoot the victim. A two-hour standoff ensued as police tried to make contact with the suspect inside a residence on the 4100 block of Portland Avenue. The suspect and a female were eventually taken into custody without incident around 2 p.m., according to police scanner audio.

Anthony Darnell Light/Prior booking photo from Anoka County Sheriff’s Office

Anthony Darnell Light, 42, was named on dispatch as the suspected shooter.

MPD later released a statement saying that the adult male victim had died at the hospital, which they called homicide number 25 for the city.

Booking records at Hennepin County Jail show Light in custody on probable cause murder, along with a 40-year-old female booked at the same time on probable cause aiding an offender.

Minneapolis police were dispatched to Abbott Hospital just before 7 p.m. Saturday for a shooting victim who had arrived after being shot in the leg. Police scanner audio indicated that the shooting was related to a prior Shotspotter activation that had detected 18 rounds fired near the 2800 block of 5th Avenue South. Police eventually found casings near the Greenway on 5th Avenue.

Audio purported to be from the Shotspotter activation was posted online and appeared to indicate automatic gunfire. No information was released by police on the incident.

Eagan police responded Saturday around 11:30 p.m. on reports of shots heard near an apartment complex on the 3000 block of Eagandale Place. One of the 911 callers said they heard automatic gunfire, according to police scanner audio. Police arrived and checked the area and found evidence that gunshots had entered a unit. They checked for injuries, but none were reported. Witnesses told police they saw a vehicle flee the area. Eagan police did not release any official information on the incident.

An off-duty Minneapolis police officer working security reported shots fired in Uptown just before midnight Saturday near the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue, according to police scanner audio. The officer reported hearing two bursts of about eight rounds each and saw a black Charger occupied by four males fleeing the area.

Within a minute, officers aired that a victim had been found shot in the chest and that CPR was being performed. Police asked the dispatcher to contact a Minneapolis homicide detective.

One officer aired that a fight had been taking place inside one of the bars and that a large crowd had spilled out onto the street when shots were fired.

Meanwhile, other officers had located the black Charger near 31st and Grand Avenue South and aired that suspects were fleeing on foot in the area near 31st and Pleasant Avenue. One person was detained at the time, and a search ensued for additional suspects, according to scanner audio.

Police later released a statement saying that the adult male victim had died at the scene, and the death was being investigated as the city’s 26th homicide this year. However, the statement also said that no arrests had been made. It’s unclear at this time if anyone detained in the perimeter search was related to the shooting.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, a downtown Minneapolis officer aired to the dispatcher that “all of Hennepin [Avenue]” was blocked with “several hundred” hotrodders who had come into the area. About the same time, officers in the Second Precinct aired to the dispatcher that hotrodders were attempting a street takeover in Dinkytown near 4th Street Southeast and 14th Avenue Southeast.

About 1:49 a.m. Sunday, University of Minnesota police reported hearing shots fired in the area of Sally’s Saloon on the 700 block of Washington Avenue Southeast, according to police scanner audio. Police eventually found several .40 caliber casings and taped off the area near Sally’s and requested the Crime Lab to respond.

While police were still investigating the shots fired incident, officers were dispatched at about 1:57 a.m. nearby to a report of a female assaulted in a parking lot on the 400 block of Walnut Street Southeast near Territorial Hall. As soon as police arrived in the area of the assault, a police “help call” was toned over dispatch and it was aired that police were fighting with the possible suspects. Two people were immediately taken into custody, and dispatch audio indicated that a third person was also eventually taken into custody.

Further dispatch audio by officers indicated that the suspects in the assault had been the suspects involved in the shots fired incident near Sally’s, which was reportedly captured on video.

Just after 2 a.m., Minneapolis police were dispatched to a report of a person stabbed in the neck on board a Metro Transit bus at Lagoon Avenue and Emerson Avenue South. A suspect was reported to have fled from the bus.

Police later released a statement that the victim had died and that the stabbing had stemmed from a verbal altercation. The homicide is the 27th for the city this year. No suspects had been taken into custody at the time.

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