Minneapolis police are investigating the slaying of a young woman whose body was found Saturday afternoon in a house in the Phillips West neighborhood of south Minneapolis, the city’s seventh ­homicide of the year.

Police responded to a report of gunfire at a duplex on the 2400 block of Portland Avenue about 2:15 p.m. and found the woman dead in the first-floor residence, authorities said. A police spokesman said the victim’s identity would be released by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office, which is expected to perform an autopsy in the next few days.

No arrests were made as of Saturday night. Police did not provide any other details.

Neighbors said the victim was first found by a resident of the duplex, who came upon the body after he awoke from a nap.

Another resident, who declined to be named for fear of retaliation, said that someone woke him before dawn by loudly banging on the front door, but he didn’t hear any gunshots. The victim did not live in the residence, he said.

On Saturday afternoon, a crowd of several dozen people had gathered across the street from the crime scene.

One woman asked to see the body, which she feared may have belonged to her teenage daughter. She hadn’t seen her daughter in days, but was repeatedly turned away by an officer standing guard outside the house.


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