MPD Chief Harteau on weekend shootings: We "urge people to put their guns down"

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During the early morning hours of July 5, Minneapolis's 15th and 16th homicides of the year occurred. As was the case with the city's 13th and 14th homicides late last month, both murders were north Minneapolis shootings.

In total, five people were shot during the wee hours of Saturday morning, including the two who died. The outburst of violence prompted Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau to "urge people to put their guns down."

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"The late evening hours of July 4th and the early morning hours of July 5th were particularly violent in our city," Harteau says in a statement. "Our officers responded quickly and professionally. We take these incidents very seriously and are working diligently to apprehend those responsible for these senseless deaths."

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Chief Harteau

"It is important for the residents of Minneapolis to know that the two homicides we are investigating are not random and are in no way related," she continues. "Having said that, we are concerned about the level of violence and urge people to put their guns down and find another way to resolve personal conflicts."

Mayor Betsy Hodges asked people to pray: The first July 5 incident occurred around midnight at 3442 Dupont Ave. N., where officers found 28-year-old Cabrie Young dead. Two other victims were taken to North Memorial hospital, one with "a severe wound to the forehead," according to the police report. A suspect was arrested in connection with that incident but his/her name is still being withheld as of this morning, police tell us.

The second incident occurred just before 5 a.m. on the 2600 block of North Third Street. That shooting left 24-year-old Francesca DeSandre dead and another woman with "serious injuries," police say.

MPD spokesman Scott Seroka tells us that despite their proximity in location and time, Minneapolis's four most recent homicides "all seem to be isolated incidents, unrelated situations."

"The belief of investigators is that the suspects and victims knew each other," Seroka says.

There were 36 murders in Minneapolis last year, down from 40 in 2012.

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45 comments
Andy Pavlik
Andy Pavlik

Polite suggestions do not work where criminals are concerned. We need more police on the North Side. Period!

Eva Chavarria Hunter
Eva Chavarria Hunter

Yeah like "the only way to stop bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun" as if that works, what a joke!!!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Great that Minneapolis had more than a dozen squad cars doing the important work of kicking everyone off the 3rd Ave. bridge deck about 10 minutes before the fireworks started on Fri. night. A-holes were yelling at everyone who had staked out out perfect spots. Cowardly fucks should get their fat donut-eating asses up to the northside and actually do something that makes a difference. 

Paula Johnson
Paula Johnson

I agree with Thomas. I am 53 and was born and raised on the northside and Minneapolis used to be worse!!!

kayjayp11
kayjayp11

I urge and ask and pray that the state of Mn. enact higher sentences for any gun violations, Get serious with prosecutiing petty crime.


Rob Campbell
Rob Campbell

I wonder how many of these "Poor Under Privileged People," were born in Minnesota? That's the problem! We need to stop being Chicago's sewer pipe!

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Finally! Totally agree and would go as far as to say the cops are intentionally targeting areas of a conservative voting majority. Everyday I see 3-4 pulled over on the way into mpls and 4-6 on the way out (394). Last year I was pulled over 5 times, each time no ticket. Just harassment. I have zero traffic violations over the past 5 years.

Jason A Lee
Jason A Lee

Yeah. Pray. That'll make everything better. Rufkm

Nate Wefel
Nate Wefel

As far as "more patrol" why would a cop want to be subject to that? Won't the problem, in a way, eventually take care of itself?

Nate Wefel
Nate Wefel

Though I cannot argue with your opinion, being it is solely your own Funmi, the facts support my opinion. In a broad generalization however, with higher population, you do tend to get a higher rise in crime.

Amber Lynette Tucker
Amber Lynette Tucker

If the problem is in the north side why not up the patrol in that area? ?

Damon Wickland
Damon Wickland

Give em more guns! Tanks & missles too! Gang wars in North Mpls.Time for the uneducated morons.To kill each other off.Evacuate the respectable people&thier families that are just trying to make a living and raise a family to Rural Minnesota.

Funmi Osibodu
Funmi Osibodu

Sorry the increase of violence in minneapolis can be directly linked to the influx of people starting from 1999. Lola is right.

Nate Wefel
Nate Wefel

Lola, like the cops haven't added to any of the violence. Let's be real, any time you have big numbers in "less fortunate" areas, you're going to have crime. I agree with Tom, it was way worse not long ago. The increase of concealed and carry had been a huge attribute to that. "the only way to spa bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun"

Thomas Andrew Toupin
Thomas Andrew Toupin

Lola, actually Minneapolis used to be a lot worse. In the past decade murder rates have plummeted. Hence the old nickname, Murderapolis.

Jason Farruggia
Jason Farruggia

Cops are too busy on traffic patrol handing out tickets to deal with real crime. There way more money in it.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

The mayors tweet looks like it was written by a 13 year old girl.

Lola O Adesuyi
Lola O Adesuyi

Just ridiculous. Minneapolis wasn't this bad before. It's gotten worse since people started relocating from other states like New Orleans, chicago, St. Louis etc.. The cops need to be extra vigilant so it won't turn into another bad example like chicago. They need to keep tabs on people with violent records & make sure they don't become repeat offenders. Let's keep it Minnesota Nice!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I'm starting to wonder if the MPD are doing some sort of "work to rule" or slowdown strike to get higher numbers and budgets.  I got an e-mail from the neighborhood MPD liaison telling us not to call 911 for fireworks complaints, unless somebody is injured or there's a house on fire.  That told me the MPD has no intention of enforcing the law, so people are shooting off professional-grade fireworks at all hours in the middle of residential areas, and that's not a problem rising to the level of concern to MPD.  OK, I just shut my windows overnight at this time of year and I have a steel roof, so I suppose it's not that huge an issue to me.

But no wonder MPD isn't doing anything about traffic law enforcement and isn't showing up for hours on other calls.

Jebediah Bartleby Nome
Jebediah Bartleby Nome

"I think it would be super-kewl, peachy-keen if you put the guns down. Thanks, hun!" There, that should do it.

Holly Fields
Holly Fields

We ought to have a law or something so criminals don't shoot people with their illegal weapons *this is my sarcastic font*

Adam Slushoos
Adam Slushoos

good job you stupid Minneapolis wanna be thugs put your guns away and go play Grand Theft Auto 5 if you want to shoot someone jesus fucking christ

Erin Caroline
Erin Caroline

Harteau, Harteau, Harteau......what are we gonna do with you

turtlebehave
turtlebehave

No mention of my cousin Paul Mercer who was shot in the stomach around 1am...

turtlebehave
turtlebehave

My cousin Paul Mercer was also shot on 46th & lyndale... he is in critical condition at north memorial

Shelly Brown
Shelly Brown

LOL@ Urging.....Some people just don't know how to act smdh

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Pray and urging people to put their guns down? Why not just organize a peace circle while you're at it.

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

Well, now that the Chief told everyone to put their guns down, I am most confident that the criminals will do as she says. Oh, and we need stricter gun laws too, and.............

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

This is peanuts compared to Chicago.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I thought people in America had the freedom to live where they wanted? Or is that just white assholes like yourself?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@swmnguy 

Agreed.  No problem at all if my neighbors are launching high explosive materials right by my house.

Now if one of them were to light a doobie....  Then I'd have SWAT rolling up in a TANK.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Like Chicago? They didn't have any gun violence this weekend...did they. I agree gun laws on ownership need to be stricter, but....its not necessarily going to fix anything.

SosMpls
SosMpls

@MNjoe

They can live where they want, they just can't do it on my nickel!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@_Joe_  What?  Doobies?  Here in the Twin Cities?  Katherine Kersten was right.  The very fabric of our society is unraveling!!!1!!  And no doubt Po-Po would pull out all the stops. 

If you were to make that call to 9-1-1, make sure you mentioned the neighbors had some sort of disability and were probably using the weed in a non-licensed medical application.  That would get their attention.  But if they thought there might be some actual criminals involved, they wouldn't want any part of that.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@SosMpls @MNjoe Yes, they can and there's nothing you can do about it but move or keep whining. P.S. I didn't want my tax dollars to pay for your two Republifuck wars either but that's the way it goes. 

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