Public safety briefing

  • Updated: August 26, 2013 - 9:46 PM


Family identifies victim of alley shooting

Family members on Monday identified one of two men fatally shot in a car in a south Minneapolis alley Sunday night.

Devon L. Burt, 18, of Minneapolis, was killed n the alley between the 2600 blocks of Cedar and 18th Avenues S., said his grandfather and a cousin.

Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said the public is “not at risk,” even though no arrests have been made.

“This was not a random act,” Barrington said.

Along with the two men who died, a woman and a teenage girl were wounded about 8:30 p.m. but are expected to survive, police said. Authorities have yet to release the names of anyone who was shot.

Burt’s grandfather, Scott Sinclair, of Mechanicsville, Va., said, “I just talked to him yesterday. He was going to the State Fair, and [he] talked about the warm weather.”

Sinclair said Burt grew up in Minneapolis and lived about a mile west of where he was shot.

Anyone with any information about the shootings is asked to call police at 612-692-8477.


Hubbard County

Charge: Bemidji fatal involved drunken driver

A woman from Bemidji said she had at least 18 drinks one night, then got behind the wheel of her sport-utility vehicle the next morning and crossed the centerline of a northern Minnesota highway over the weekend, hitting a motorcycle coming the other way and killing its passenger, authorities said Monday.

Victoria Whitefeather, 23, was charged in Hubbard County with criminal vehicular homicide and drunken driving.

Killed in the crash shortly after 9:50 a.m. Sunday on County Road 36 was Tracy Childs, 51, of Proctor, Minn., according to the Sheriff’s Office. The motorcycle’s operator, 47-year-old Robert Childs, was severely injured in the crash in the northern part of the county, the Sheriff’s Office added.

Whitefeather was treated for minor injuries at Bemidji Hospital.

According to the criminal complaint, a preliminary breath test more than five hours after the crash measured her blood alcohol content at 0.08 percent, the legal minimum for drunken driving.

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