Surge in Minneapolis violence includes over 900 rounds fired from automatic weapons in 2021 |

Surge in Minneapolis violence includes over 900 rounds fired from automatic weapons in 2021

Jay Kolls
Updated: September 30, 2021 10:21 PM
Created: September 30, 2021 08:39 PM

The Minneapolis Police Department updated the Minneapolis City Council with new violent crime statistics Thursday, and the numbers show violent crime — including gun crimes — has continued to rise throughout the first three quarters of 2021.

Scott Wolfert, an MPD crime analyst, told city council members that 503 people have been injured by gunfire so far this year, which is an increase of 26% over last year. Homicides are up 16%, robberies are up 5% and aggravated assaults are up 2.6%, but the biggest surge has been the number of rounds fired by automatic weapons.

“So far, in 2021, there have been 78 ShotSpotter activations of automatic weapons with 935 rounds detected,” Wolfert said. “Compared to this same time in 2020, there were just five activations for automatic weapons and only 42 rounds fired through the end of September.”

Wolfert said the total number of detected gunshots fired so far this year is 20,611 — which is a 28% increase from 2020. And, Wolfert said, there have been 355 carjackings, up 35% from this time last year.

MPD Cmdr. Jason Case told city council members that police precincts have been focusing on crime “hot spots” — areas where there is an uptick in violent crime — and utilizing their law enforcement partnerships to help MPD cover more ground.

“It is something we have always done, but I think we are working with those law enforcement partners more consistently,” Case said. “We’ve always done a good job at that, but I think staffing has definitely necessitated that relationship collaboration and I know that’s had a significant impact.”

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