Police: Minneapolis weekend shootings are not all relatedby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Law enforcement officials are investigating several weekend shootings in Minneapolis, including the killing of a 17-year-old girl.
Alisha Neely died after being hit by a bullet on Friday night as she stood with a crowd of people outside of a party in north Minneapolis.
Deputy Chief Renee Harteau said in a statement that Neely's death is a tragedy for the entire community.
"The escalation of violence in north Minneapolis over the weekend is unacceptable and at the forefront of our public safety direction and concern," said Harteau. "The community should know that we are putting every effort and resource possible into preventing further violence and to bringing the person who killed her to justice."
Neely's death was followed by several more violent incidents. However, police officials say they are not necessarily related.
On Saturday night, two young men were wounded by gunfire on a city bus. That shooting is being investigated by Metro Transit.
Minneapolis police are also looking for suspects in the wounding of two young men in separate incidents in north and south Minneapolis.
Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer said the incidents are particularly frustrating, considering the recent gains the city has made in reducing youth violence.
"We've come so far with youth violence in the last three or four years, it's unfortunate to see a weekend where things ... go so wrong," said Palmer. "It reminds us that the violence isn't gone, it's just lessened."
This weekend's shooting death is the 10th homicide so far this year. There were 19 in 2009.
Palmer asks that anyone with information about any of the shootings contact the Minneapolis police department.
- All Things Considered, 03/01/2010, 5:49 p.m.