A teenager died Friday from injuries suffered the previous day in a drive-by shooting near Farview Park, police said.
The 16-year-old boy, whose name was not divulged, was sitting in a white, four-door car with three other people, including an infant, near the corner of Lyndale and 27th avenues North just before 1:40 p.m. when someone drove by and opened fire, according to police and witnesses. He was struck at least once, but the car’s other occupants — a 15-year-old boy, 27-year-old woman and the infant boy — were unharmed, said police spokesman John Elder.
The victim was taken to North Memorial Medical Center, where he died on Friday, Elder said. He added that the suspect fled the scene, heading northbound on Lyndale Avenue. The suspect’s vehicle was initially described as a “red truck,” according to police scanner traffic posted on MN Police Clips, but Elder said that investigators have since received “conflicting information.”
With the latest homicide, the 38th of the year, Minneapolis is on pace to log its deadliest year since 2007, when the city saw 47 slayings.
In a news release issued Friday, Elder said that information about the shooting was "slow coming in and investigators are requesting the public's help and encourage witnesses to step forward."
“At this time investigators and officers are canvassing the area and following up on leads generated by conversations,” Elder said by phone on Thursday.
It was not clear whether the shooting was connected to a homicide less than 24 hours in which a 19-year-old was gunned down after getting off a bus outside a north Minneapolis church. The shootings are the latest in a series of episodes in a year in which violent crime in the city has reached levels not seen in nearly a decade.
MPD Chief Janeé Harteau, who visited North Memorial where the victim was being treated, issued a statement condemning the outburst of violence:
“I continue to be concerned about the recent violence we have seen in our city. We have witnessed too many senseless and tragic deaths. The common denominator in many of the homicides this year, including the 2 most recent homicides and this evening’s shooting in Minneapolis, is that people are using guns in the heat of the moment to settle their personal disputes, making it virtually impossible for police to predict or prevent these acts. I can assure you we have teams out looking for the perpetrators of this violence. I urge anyone with information on these homicides or shootings to step forward and help us make arrests to provide justice for the families of the victims.”