Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

Minneapolis experienced nine homicides in 10 days.

Minneapolis police at a homicide scene near 24th and Emerson Ave N (Photo submitted to Crime Watch)

Minneapolis tallied three homicides in less than 18 hours from about midnight Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the 2000 block of James Avenue North around 11:55 Thursday night on a report of a shooting. 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. The medical examiner has since identified the victim as Dan Vang, 38, of Minneapolis. Fong Vang, 40, is in custody and was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Monday.

About 8:30 a.m. Friday, officers from the Fourth Precinct were again routed to a report of a shooting on the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North.

When police arrived, they found apparent suspects still on scene who then attempted to flee, described on dispatch as a male and a female. As police attempted to apprehend the suspects, police called out over the air that the suspects were continuing to fire shots, which could also be heard over the air.

Police later released a statement saying that the victim died at the scene and that two suspects had been taken into custody. Guns were recovered from both suspects, and police said that no officers fired any rounds during the chaotic incident.

The medical examiner has identified the victim as Theodore Julius Collins, 37, of Minneapolis.

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, but 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 three homicides brought the city’s total to 31 for the year and were part of nine homicides in ten days in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police responded to yet another shooting Friday just after 7 p.m. near the intersection of East Franklin Avenue and Chicago Avenue. A male in his 30s was shot in the abdomen, according to police dispatch audio. The victim was reported to be conscious and breathing on the way to the hospital, but no further information was immediately available about his condition.

No official information was released by police on this shooting incident. However, a brief video clip surfaced online reportedly from the incident claiming that the male had tried to rob a store and shot himself after bystanders intervened and tackled him.

Minneapolis Second Precinct officers responded to a shooting just before 3 a.m. Sunday on the 1000 block of 26th Avenue Southeast. Police dispatch audio indicated that an 18-year-old male had been shot in the back and the bullet then entered his cheek. A second gunshot victim reportedly from the same incident showed up at North Memorial Hospital around 3:30 a.m. No information was released by police on the incident. Information about the circumstances of the shooting and the condition of the victims could not be immediately obtained.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Sunday saying that a jail inmate had been found unresponsive early Thursday morning just after 1 a.m. “Extensive” life-saving measures were taken, but the inmate was declared deceased at the scene.

“This is a tragic situation in which we anxiously await the results of the investigation and the report from the medical examiner. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family during this difficult time,” Sheriff James Stuart said.

No further information about the identity of the inmate was released at the time.

Robbinsdale had a shots fired incident about 4:30 p.m. Sunday near the 3400 block of France Avenue North, according to information aired over dispatch to Minneapolis police. No official information was released by police about the incident.

Minneapolis police arrived Sunday just after 8 p.m. to what they called at the time a robbery gone bad at a business near East Franklin Avenue and Chicago Avenue, according to police dispatch audio. One person who police later referred to as the “victim suspect” was initially reported to be stabbed in the ear, but further dispatch audio indicated he’d been pistol whipped. The man was reportedly arrested and transported to the hospital for treatment. Information on his condition was not immediately available.

The dispatch audio described a chaotic scene when police arrived, and it’s unclear exactly what transpired. However, police stated a spent bullet casing had been found inside the Daily Cairo Grill, located at 1922 Chicago Avenue, along with a gun magazine. A handgun was also recovered at an adjacent business, which had reportedly been secured by a bystander, according to the audio.

No official information was released by MPD, but a video surfaced online a short time later and was reported to be from the incident.

Burnsville police responded to a report of a robbery Sunday at about 9:20 p.m. near Cliff Road and Nicollet Avenue, according to police dispatch audio. The victim said he was jumped, and his shoes and an iPod were taken. The suspects were described as a group of teenagers, one female and four males. No official information was released by police.

A Minneapolis police squad car took a bullet through the windshield Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. while parked in the lot at the Fourth Precinct on the 1900 block of Plymouth Avenue. According to information aired over dispatch, the bullet entered the center of the windshield and also struck the squad’s onboard computer. The squad was apparently unoccupied at the time and the damage was noticed about 20 minutes after it occurred. At the time of this report, no information had been released by police about the incident.

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