Violent week ends with fatal shooting in Minneapolis

6:05 PM, Mar 30, 2008   |    comments
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Police have confirmed they are investigating whether six recent shootings in North Minneapolis may be related. "Until the investigators can sit down and put it all together, we don't know," said Sgt. Jesse Garcia on Saturday. "At this point, they're being looked at as six separate shootings until they say differently." The latest shooting happened Saturday at 1 p.m. near the intersection of Queen Avenue North and Highway 55. Police had just arrived at the scene, when they received another report of two men arriving at North Memorial Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Police said one of the men drove their car, despite being shot in both arms. He's being treated for non-life threatening injures. The other man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have not confirmed the two men were shot at the Queen Avenue North and Highway 55 location. Meantime, a large group of people gathered at North Memorial Medical Center shortly after victims arrived. "They were unruly at one point, and both Robbinsdale and Minneapolis police went in there to have to calm everybody down," Garcia said. Police have also not confirmed what neighbors allege -- that Saturday's shootings were part of an ongoing gang battle. But police have confirmed they're investigating six recent shootings in the North Minneapolis area. On Wednesday, two teenagers were shot near North High School. One victim was hit in the leg. A bullet grazed the arm of the other victim. Minneapolis police did not say they've increased patrols, given the recent violence. But Sgt. Jesse Garcia commented they have "increased awareness."

By Karla Hult, KARE 11 News

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