A confrontation Thursday night between two people on a Metro Transit bus erupted in gunfire on a north Minneapolis street, leaving one man dead.
Minneapolis police were called to the shooting at 26th and Penn Avenues N. about 7 p.m., said Minneapolis police spokesman Scott Seroka. There they found one man dead.
Few details were available Thursday evening, but Seroka said no one had been arrested.
Another north side shooting 20 minutes later left one person wounded, Seroka said. The injury wasn’t life threatening, he said. Although details weren’t available, Seroka said the two incidents don’t appear related.
Thursday night’s shootings occurred on the eve of increased police patrols that begin Friday. Earlier this week, Minneapolis city officials announced a $300,000 plan to pay overtime for eight police officers and one supervisor to patrol the city’s crime-plagued neighborhoods in north and south Minneapolis. That announcement came after a series of high-profile shootings and homicides in north Minneapolis this month.
Two weeks ago, Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges walked north Minneapolis neighborhoods in a public show of support for residents of the Fourth Precinct after a bloody start to the month, when two people were killed and three wounded in a series of shootings.
Hours after their appearances, three women were shot multiple times in a North Side back yard. They all survived, but the shootings added to residents’ frustration with rising crime rates.
Citywide, violent crime has risen 3.4 percent so far this year.
Mary Lynn Smith