Hodges, Harteau Responding to Mpls. Weekend Violence, 2 Arrested

Updated: 07/08/2014 8:56 PM
Created: 07/08/2014 1:11 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Following a weekend of violence, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges walked with community leaders along the Broadway Avenue and Lyndale Avenue North area Tuesday afternoon.

Two people died and three people were injured this past weekend 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 were called to the scene around midnight Saturday and found Young dead inside a home.

Two other men were also shot and injured in the incident. They were both taken to North Memorial Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say 24-year-old Joseph Lee Smith has been arrested in connection to Young's death.

A woman was also killed in an unrelated shooting several hours later. Francesca Marie DeSandre died after she was shot several times around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Marco Greshan, 24, was arrested in the shooting.

Police Chief Janee Harteau also spoke about violence in the area Monday. She held a news conference at West Broadway Avenue and Dupont Avenue North around noon.

The pair also spoke out against the weekend killings on Sunday. Officials say the coordinated effort of Hodges and Harteau being present in the area gives residents the opportunity to talk to top Minneapolis officials about what the city is doing about violence in North Minneapolis.

“The violence in North Minneapolis must stop,” Hodges said. “I support Chief Harteau’s plans for deployment of police resources, doubling shot spotter coverage and continued hiring of new police officers. As MPD continues to investigate this weekend’s senseless violence, all of us, including me, need to do what we can to support those efforts and make our communities safe places to live."

Harteau said, "I think we are making some progress clearly. How bad could it be if we weren't doing what we are doing?"

So far in 2014, there have been 16 homicides in Minneapolis, compared to 17 in 2013.

Photo: KSTP-TV

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