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Fatal shooting leaves North Side neighborhood fearful

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW
  • Star Tribune
  • August 2, 2012 - 9:16 PM

Residents of the 3600 block of Girard Avenue N. in Minneapolis say violence such as the shooting late Wednesday that left a man dead and two others injured is becoming all to frequent.

On Thursday, a modest memorial consisting of a hat and a couple of balloons at the site were the only telltale signs of the shooting, which was the 10th homicide in north Minneapolis this year and the 17th citywide.

No arrests have been made, but Sgt. Stephen McCarty said Thursday that "there is not a threat to the general public" and that the bloodshed involved people who knew each other.

But that is no comfort to residents, who say gunfire in their neighborhood is becoming commonplace.

"North Minneapolis is becoming the new Baghdad," said Michael Chinn, who lives in the house next door to where the victim lay on the lawn after he was fatally wounded. "We feel vulnerable right now."

The dead man's name has not been released. Of the two people who were hurt, one was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with noncritical injuries, and the other was treated at the scene and released.

Julissa Gutierrez, who also lives near the murder scene, said she heard five shots around 11 p.m. Her husband called 911.

One resident called for prayer. Another hopes to organize a National Night Out party next week and to ask for greater police presence.

"It isn't safe here anymore," said Audrey Chinn, Michael Chinn's mother, who has lived on Girard since 1996. "The violence is just more frequent."

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

Tim Harlow • 651-925-5039

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