Twin Cities weekend crime incident recap

Minneapolis logged its 33rd and 34th homicides over the weekend.

Cases of rifle ammunition found in a stolen vehicle in St. Paul (Ramsey County Sheriff)

Minneapolis police responded Friday just after 1:30 p.m. to a report of shots and screaming heard inside a duplex on the 5900 block of Diamond Lake Lane, according to police dispatch audio. While police were en route, the dispatcher updated the incident to a shooting and stated that parties were seen walking out of the residence and one party was bleeding from the arm. The group reportedly got into a vehicle and left the area, according to the dispatcher. Police arrived and didn’t immediately find a victim. However, just before 2 p.m., staff at Fairview Southdale reported to Minneapolis police dispatch that a person with a gunshot wound to the arm had arrived at the hospital. The dispatcher indicated that the information matched the earlier shooting report. No official statement was released by MPD on the incident. Minneapolis police responded Friday just before 4 p.m. to a report of a person shot near West Broadway Avenue and Lyndale Avenue North. Police arrived and found a male victim shot behind Walgreens on the 600 block of West Broadway Avenue, according to police dispatch audio. Further information indicated that the victim was a 29-year-old male that had been shot one time and they were transported to the hospital with a tourniquet applied. No official statement was released by MPD on the incident.

Minneapolis police and State Patrol responded Friday just after 8 p.m. to a report of a person on I94 under West Broadway Avenue who had been shot, according to dispatch audio. Officers arrived and said the male inside a vehicle was unresponsive and shot in the lungs. Further dispatch audio indicated the male in his 30s was transported to the hospital with three gunshot wounds to the chest area. Further information about the person’s condition was not immediately available, and no official statement was released by MPD on the incident.

Just after 8:30 p.m., Friday, Minneapolis police were dispatched to another shooting at Lowry Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue North, according to police dispatch audio. When police arrived, they stated the victim’s vehicle had multiple bullet holes and they observed a high-powered rifle in the back of the vehicle. The victim reported to be in his 30s was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. A clip of audio purported to be the gunshots from the incident was subsequently posted online.

Information about the victim’s condition was not immediately available, and no official statement was released by MPD on the incident.

Minneapolis police responded just before 10 p.m. Friday to a report of an armed robbery at a pharmacy on the 2600 block of Hennepin Avenue in the Uptown area, according to police dispatch audio. The suspect armed with a gun reportedly jumped over the counter and then fled out the back of the business and left the area in a vehicle. No official statement was released by MPD on the incident.

Apple Valley police were dispatched just after midnight Saturday for a 911 caller who said someone fired a shot through their bedroom window and there was a hole in the wall. The incident occurred on the 13000 block of Hamburg Court, according to police dispatch audio. Police responded to the residence and said the bullet went through an upstairs window, through a wall and into a closet. They said the bullet possibly came from a rifle. Police subsequently searched the trailer park behind the address in response and requested a drone operator to assist. Police eventually found a shell casing in the trailer park. Responders were in the area searching with the drone until about 1 a.m., but no suspects were located at the time. No official statement was released by police on the incident.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher while “Live on Patrol” in St. Paul Saturday afternoon responded to a report of a stolen Kia parked in a neighborhood on the 500 block of Jenks Avenue. He and Deputy Patrick Scott located the stolen vehicle which contained a discarded gun magazine and several cases of 5.56mm rifle ammunition inside.

Fletcher said in the video that Kias and Hyundais and popular targets for auto thieves due to the ability to bypass the starting mechanism.

Edina police responded Saturday after 5 p.m. to a report of a drive-by shooting on the 6200 block of France Avenue South. Several law enforcement resources responded to the scene of the reported incident. Edina police later released a statement saying further investigation revealed that the incident was the result of an accidental discharge of a firearm not a drive-by shooting.

Edina police respond to accidental shooting / Photo submitted to Crime Watch

The person shot was reported to be a woman in her 40s with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to other dispatch audio. No further information was made available by police about the woman’s condition or the circumstances of the accidental discharge.

Two people died in a double shooting in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon. Police responded just before 4 p.m. on a report of two people shot near West Broadway Avenue and Bryant Avenue North, according to dispatch audio. There they located one person already deceased and began CPR on the other victim who died at the scene, according to a later statement released by MPD.

A clip of audio purported to be from the shooting was posted online and indicated the sound of burst or automatic gunfire.

While on site of the double homicide, officers reported that the crowd was becoming hostile and twice requested “violence interrupters” to the scene. Police were told by the dispatcher that they were not able to get in touch with anyone and they didn’t know if they even had contact information for any violence interrupters.

Both victims were reported to be adult males, according to the MPD statement, and police said no suspect information was available. The Medical Examiner is expected to release the identities of the individuals at a later date. The homicides were number 33 and 34 for the city this year.

The University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a statement Saturday reporting that an aggravated assault had occurred about 5:35 p.m. at Riverside Avenue and 24th Avenue South in Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus. The release stated that occupants of two vehicles appeared to have been shooting at each other. The first vehicle was described as a small gray coupe, the second as a large white sedan. No license plate information was available. The case is being investigated by the Minneapolis Police Department, they said.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office reported on Saturday that they pulled a body from the Mississippi river near Anoka after 6:30 p.m. The deceased adult male had been tangled in natural debris in the river. The identity of the decedent and cause of death were not immediately released.

Blaine police responded to a disturbance at a carnival in the parking lot of Northtown Mall after 8 p.m. on Saturday, according to police dispatch audio. An officer initially reported that shots had been fired, but that apparently turned out to be unfounded. Dispersal orders were given on what police called an “unlawful assembly,” and security locked down the mall after about 100 people fled into the Burlington store. At one point, police estimated that up to 2,000 people were on site. Police later told media that no one was arrested but one juvenile was treated for minor injuries. The carnival started May 12 and runs through May 22.

Brooklyn Park police reported that they responded Saturday just after 8 p.m. to a report of shots fired on the 7400 block of Imperial Drive. Police eventually located a suspect vehicle and performed a traffic stop. A gun was recovered from the vehicle and suspects were taken into custody. Police found the scene of the shots fired on the 7300 block of Brooklyn Boulevard, recovered 50 casings and discovered damage to buildings and vehicles. No injuries were immediately reported.

Brooklyn Park police reported Saturday that they responded at about 10:42 p.m. to an armed carjacking in progress on the 5800 block of 73rd Avenue North. They reported that the victim was assaulted by two males armed with guns who took the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was later located by police, and the incident remains under investigation.

Brooklyn Park police reported Sunday that a fatal crash had occurred about 7:20 a.m. when a suspect fleeing from Osseo police crashed into another vehicle killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger. The crash occurred at Brooklyn Boulevard and County Road 81. The suspect fled from the scene of the crash but was apprehended after police received information from a 911 caller about the suspect’s location. Jail records show Adam Hunter Pattishall, 22, of North St. Paul is in custody on probable cause criminal vehicular homicide. Pattishall has a lengthy history of felony convictions including motor vehicle theft. Court records show that Pattishall was out of custody on bail on three other pending cases of auto theft and other charges of fleeing and burglary in at least two counties.

The University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a statement Sunday about a carjacking that occurred about 9:22 a.m. at 1021 5th Street Southeast in Minneapolis. The suspect was described as a male, 18 to 22, in a black hoodie and a camouflage gaiter over his face reportedly took the victim’s vehicle by force.

Minneapolis police on Sunday responded about 11:30 a.m. to a report of a shooting on the 1300 block of Brook Avenue Southeast, according to police dispatch audio. One male victim was found with a reported gunshot wound to his lower leg. There had been a 911 report of drive-by shots fired a few blocks away on the 800 block of 2nd Street Southeast just prior to the shooting. No official statements were released by MPD about either incident, and it’s unknown if the two incidents were related.

Several law enforcement agencies across the Twin Cities and Minnesota held ceremonies or moments of recognition over the weekend for National Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, and the beginning of National Police Week that began on Sunday. Agencies honored and memorialized fallen officers.

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