A man was shot near Washington Avenue and North First Avenue in the downtown area, and later died in the hospital as a result of his injuries. City police officers arrived at the scene following a report of the shooting just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 7th. The victim was discovered in the road.
The events that led up to the crime, and the person who is responsible, are still unknown. John Elder, of the Minneapolis Police Department Office of Public Information, believes a “traffic dispute” could be a potential motive.
Attorney Tamburino serves as a chair of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, and spoke on the incident as part of a larger issue of crime in the city. The shooting on Washington Avenue and North First Avenue, “the third homicide in downtown since Memorial Day,” follows two recent shootings which occurred in the warehouse district and near a concert venue on First Avenue.
Tamburino supports adding more police officers as a way to address the growing criminal activity in the downtown area. An expanded downtown law enforcement presence would require approval for the Minneapolis City Council to become a reality. Council Member Steve Fletcher of Ward 3 said in a statement that the city is currently developing alternative strategies for focusing on the crime in downtown Minneapolis. Mayor Jacob Frey also released a statement in response to the events, in which he highlighted the city’s efforts to build relationships between local businesses, neighborhood associations, police, and community members.
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