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Minneapolis police are seeking federal and state reinforcements after a mass shooting kills a college student just before graduation.


Minneapolis police are seeking federal and state reinforcements after a mass shooting kills a college student just before graduation.

Minneapolis, which is dealing with a shortage of officers and increased crime, is seeking federal and state resources after the latest outbreak of violence in the city, which included a mass shooting that killed a college student hours before his graduation on Saturday.



In the midst of the increased violence in the city where George Floyd was killed nearly a year ago, authorities announced a $30,000 reward this weekend in the hunt for suspects in the separate shootings of three children over the past several weeks, including one 9-year-old girl killed by stray gunfire while jumping on a backyard trampoline. After gunshots rang out just before 2 a.m. outside the 300 block of N 1st Ave., two people were killed and eight others were injured in the early Saturday mass shooting. According to investigators, two men got into an argument and started shooting in front of a crowd gathered on the sidewalk near the Monarch nightclub.



Along with the college student, one of the suspected gunmen was killed. Another suspect, a 23-year-old man, was apprehended by Bloomington police Saturday afternoon and booked into Hennepin County Jail for probable cause murder, according to Fox 9 Minneapolis. Charlie Johnson, a University of St. Thomas student, was the second fatality. According to his family, he was an innocent bystander who had gone out with friends.



In the fight to end gun violence, his father, Greg Johnson, asked people to say his son's name. Charlie, who was about to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree, he said, "left a beautiful impact on every single life he touched." ""Please, no politics," Johnson wrote on Facebook, "just love and compassion for one another, as Charlie did for all of us." HI, MY NAME IS CHARLIE!" Mayor Jacob Frey stated at a press conference on Sunday that he has requested mutual aid assistance from a number of different jurisdictions to help address the recent violence in the city. He stated that state troopers and the Minneapolis Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have been assisting since Saturday evening into Sunday morning. In the aftermath of Floyd's death, nearly 200 Minneapolis police officers have left the force, with many filing post-traumatic stress claims as a result of the civil unrest that ensued. This year, Minneapolis has seen at least 31 homicides, not including the violence this weekend.
Minneapolis police are seeking federal and state reinforcements after a mass shooting kills a college student just before graduation.
Separate from the mass shooting, a car crash victim was discovered with gunshot wounds when police arrived on the scene; he later died as a result of his injuries. In another case, as bystanders rushed a gunshot victim to the hospital, a car flipped, and the medical examiner is still determining which injuries caused the man's death. "Our city's safety has to be a priority," Frey said on Sunday, adding that law enforcement reinforcements are "really, really critical." Frey acknowledged that resources had to be diverted to respond to 911 calls and has been working with City Hall on a plan to rebuild the police force. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that negotiations on how the American Rescue Plan funding will be allocated are still ongoing.

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Officials announced a $30,000 reward for information leading to arrests in connection with the separate shootings of three children in Minneapolis' North Side on Sunday at City Hall. Trinity Ottoson-Smith, 9, was killed earlier this month while jumping on a trampoline in her backyard. Ladavionne Garrett Jr., 10, and Aniya Allen, 6, were both taken to the hospital after being shot in separate incidents in Minneapolis over the last two weeks. According to KARE, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber's fund offers $10,000 for information in each case.

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