Epic shooting: Chief Harteau fears "street justice," says witnesses have been uncooperative

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The scene at the intersection of First Avenue and Fifth Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday.
The suspect responsible for the Sunday morning shooting at Epic nightclub that left one dead is still on the loose, and last night, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said she's worried about what might happen next.

THE BACKSTORY: Police release preliminary report on Epic shooting death

"I have tremendous concerns about retaliation," Harteau said. "There are people in the city that want street justice."

"I am very concerned... about an innocent bystander or an officer getting shot," she continued.

Harteau said the investigation has been hampered by uncooperative witnesses.

Police haven't yet disclosed the victim's identity, but as the Star Tribune reports, the North Side resident who was shot inside the club and then carried to the sidewalk where he'd be pronounced dead "was well known to police."

As for possible suspects, Harteau said police have "very little information about a motive" or anything else.

Harteau also criticized Epic for booking Yo Gotti, a rapper whose shows have been the site of violent incidents in the past, and said extra patrols assigned to downtown on Saturday night and Sunday morning in anticipation of the show weren't enough to prevent violence.

As Gimme Noise reported, the shooting occurred during a set by the Memphis rapper's opener, YG.

For more on the Epic/Yo Gotti component to this story, check out our post in Gimme Noise: "MPLS Police: Events like Yo Gotti attract violent behavior."

h/t -- Pioneer Press

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Lenny Grossman
Lenny Grossman

National Guard Patrols equal No more street crime!...That's my take.

gofh0704
gofh0704

@wecarealot79

@esarcilla

My opinion stays the same. Yes there is black on black crime, but the problem is way deeper than most people understand. We need to look at WHY this is happening. Look at the unemployment rate of African Americans and why is this so low? Look at the graduation rate of African Americans and why is this so low? The problem is in the area that African Americans are growing up. We don't get to pick our parents or where we get to live when we're younger, some people turn to drugs and gangs and some people stay away from it. Instead of skipping school and going to hang out with your friends, we need to get a good education and graduate from high school and go the right route.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

shocking..snitches get stiches creedo? ignorance is rampant

Zack Switzer
Zack Switzer

This shit it's bound to happen once in a while, let's move on.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Or don't go to clubs that have a history of violence, that works too. This place has quite the history.

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

I grew up in Brooklyn NY...I got the hell out of the the second I graduated high school. Haven't had a problem living rurally since. Healthy, happy and safe.

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

Yeah that's certainly true. Even though most studies higher mortality rate in rural areas. Slightly higher violent crime rate. Significantly lower stranger violent crime Higher spousal and acquaintance crime. Slower first responder response leading to a disproportionately high death rates in medical emergencies and accidents. So you see what you want to. With a metro area of 2.3 million and Duluth and Rochester contributing another 300k in their metro areas, guess what. ..Crime occurs. But when the cities easily out populate the rural areas, it shouldn't be hard to figure out.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Sorry. I didn't know urban areas exist to service suburbia, Mr. Romney. I apologize.

Angel Andrews
Angel Andrews

well, Daren, this crime was related to THIS STYLE of hip hop... when you write lyrics talking about strapping AK's and pistols and riding around town capping people... WHO DO THINK is gonna be the predominate target market for that music... GANG MEMBERS!!! and what happens when people from more than one gang show up somewhere...? THIS!!! And the club in question has had the police there approx... 150 times since 1012!!! even if that time frame was 18 months... that is almost 10 calls a month to one location?!? I call that a nuisance bar, and it has no place in an urban area trying to bring in suburban visitors, like the warehouse district! AND in no part of the article did she state this was a result of Hip-Hop... she stated, - "When you have events like Yo Gotti that attracts violent behavior, that's what you're going to get," -

Shawn Cross
Shawn Cross

Am I the only one that notices this trend. Any local news station will report a crime in progress or one that's been committed several hours ago. They will never give a detailed description of the perp. I don't understand that. Anyone know why?

Aricka Sundstrom
Aricka Sundstrom

Who cares? Give em free time at the gun range, that way they'll be able to hit the intended victim and not some innocent bystander.

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

Does it alert anyone other then me,.....Why don't they want to release the victims name?

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

And that's the mentality that is wrong when it comes down to shit like this. A man lost his fucking life and people are too worried about their "street credit". Grow the fuck up, the snitches get stitches mentality is cool, if you're an 8th Grader.

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

Just one more reason to avoid going into urban areas at all costs. Country livin' is where its at.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

No, her implication is not that crime is related to hip-hop, but that crime is related to the kind of crowds hip-hop shows attract, and the area that club is located in.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Again, I fail to be surprised by ANY of this, considering where it happened.

Deejay St Joel
Deejay St Joel

It was the 1st sold out show in a long time and any press is good press! Yo Gotti is benefiting every time his name is in the paper Cheif Harteau.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

The MPD Chief is a joke. Nice racists comments as well from her alleging that crime in MPLS is related to hip-hop. Fail on all levels.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@gofh0704 @wecarealot79 @esarcilla So the solution would be to take welfare babies away from their mothers, and put them into the country in stable two parent households where hard work and education are valued?

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Shawn Cross Yes they will if they're white. The trend started about 10/15 years ago. Similar to when politicians get in trouble if they're R it's stated in the news if it's a D then it's just the office they're holding.


laxx1559
laxx1559

@Alex Anderson These people are in fear of retaliation from the same person who killed the guy, who obviously has no regard for human life and no regard for who's around when he does these things.

esarcilla
esarcilla

@Daren Lindahl would you like to explain why nobody gets shot at country, techno, pop, R&B, or even very rarely at a rock concert? I'm a huge fan of hip hop, but do you really want to know what's truely racist? Pieces of trash like that murderer that live up to the stereotype. STOP LIVING THE STEREOTYPE BECAUSE IT ONLY FEEDS MORE RACISM.  When will people understand that??


gofh0704
gofh0704

@CinBlueland 

I'm sorry I can't tell if your being funny?  But no, if you read my comment you would know exactly what I'm saying. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@esarcilla Gang violence has to do with drugs, guns, racism, education, employment opportunities or about a million other things before you get to rap.   If you really cared about young black men murdering other young black men you'd focus on who is putting guns in their hands and not on the music they are listening to.   Get rid of the guns and this is a fist fight.   Every concert has fist fights.  

gofh0704
gofh0704

@CinBlueland

Of course it's not going to be fixed overnight, it's a process.  Taking babies away from their mothers is not a solution I'm sure..

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@gofh0704 @CinBlueland Little bit of both, but it's generational now. And some who live and grow up in say the "NorthStyle life" place very little value on education and strong work ethic. Unfortunately you can't fix Great Society thinking overnight.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @esarcilla Getting rid of the guns wouldn't do anything. Those types of people will find weapons. That's one of the things they brag about, how strapped they are.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Keep going Mrs. Bachmann. I want to hear more.

KennyX
KennyX

@MicheleBachmann

Well, if that's the case, then we should have put the gun manufacturer on trial for the death of Trayvon Martin instead of George Zimmerman. Because, according to your logic, the gun manufacturer put that gun into Zimmerman's hands.

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