Officials 'Concerned' about Level of Violence after Bloody Weekend in Mpls.

Updated: 07/07/2014 8:00 AM
Created: 07/06/2014 12:44 PM

After two shooting in Minneapolis this weekend, Police Chief Janee Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges are pleading with the public to stop gun violence.

Two people died and three people were injured Saturday morning in North Minneapolis in two separate, unrelated shootings. They happened just about five hours apart and only a mile away from each other.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cabrie Devon Young of Minneapolis died from a gunshot wound to the chest at 11:51 p.m. on the 3400 block of Dupont Avenue North. Minneapolis police responded to the scene around midnight Saturday and found Young dead inside a home. Two other men were shot and injured in the incident. They were both taken to North Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One of the men has been arrested in connection to the death.

A woman was also killed in a separate, unrelated shooting several hours later in northeast Minneapolis. Francesca Marie DeSandre died from multiple gunshot wounds around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Hodges took to Twitter, saying, “The last 48 hours have been tough ones for our community. This isn’t about one part of Minneapolis or one or two or three neighborhoods.”

Harteau put out a statement saying, “We are concerned about the level of violence and urge people to put their guns down and find another way to resolved personal conflicts.”

The chief admits this holiday weekend has been a particularly violent one in Minneapolis, but as for a reason why, none was given.

Neither the chief nor the mayor touched on a solution to gun violence in the city besides urging the public to act more civil and less violent.

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