City of Minneapolis Attributes New Initiatives to Drop in Violent Crime

October 15, 2018 06:55 PM

It's scenes like that outside Aqua that Minneapolis city leaders say they're working to keep from happening.

Three people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in a shooting inside a Minneapolis nightclub.


According to the Minneapolis Police Department, the shooting occurred at about 1:43 a.m. Monday inside the Aqua Night Club on First Avenue North.

Police said, upon their arrival, officers found two people who had suffered gunshot wounds. The two were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. A third person with a gunshot wound also arrived at the hospital. 

The suspect fled the scene has not yet been located.

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According to the Mayor's office, violent crime in the 1st Precinct is down 25.5 percent. Robberies are down 49.2 percent and homicides are down 62.5 percent compared to last year's numbers at this time.

Since January, the city has increased its police presence downtown. It's improved street lighting and it's increased scrutiny of nightclubs that have had repeated problems in the past.

However, businesses have also taken initiative in the past year.

If there's a problem that breaks out, bouncers can radio and message up to 65 nearby buildings and businesses to let them know what's happening and what could be coming their way.

"We also have a lot of the bars and restaurants on a common radio link channel directly back to the precinct here," said Shane Zahn, director of Safety Initiatives at the Downtown Improvement District.  "Working together is the key to our success and when something like this happens, moving forward and trying to prevent it from happening again."


Katherine Johnson

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