Monday, March 20, 2006

Uptown Victim Identified, In Critical Condition

KSTP News reports an update on the Uptown Minneapolis robbery victim, including his identity. His condition is critical: "Uptown shooting victim may not live".

The victim of Saturday night's shooting in Uptown has been identified as 25-year-old Michael Zebuhr [Photo courtesy KSTP News].

Zebuhr remains in critical condition after he was shot by muggers across the street from Calhoun Square in Uptown.
He's hanging on, but it doesn't sound good. Meanwhile, the animals that did this run free. Deputy Chief Lubinski realizes that more police won't necessarily solve the problem. It's become entrenched into the "fabric" of the city.

The shooting is forcing police to rethink their approach to policing the streets in Uptown, and more officers may not be the solution.

"I can assure you that it's a top priority for us right now," said Deputy Chief Sharon Lubinski, of the Minneapolis PD. "It's not always a matter of just adding officers, so much as using the officers in a better way and using our intelligence better; we have a great unit that provides us street intelligence here."
The police patrols had been increased prior to this savagery.

This is why there will be a never-ending supply of victims:

"I wouldn't let one event scare me from coming to Uptown," said Shane Hallesy, who frequents the area.

While many residents were talking about the crime, nobody said they felt unsafe.

"I think it's a worldwide problem, not an Uptown problem," said Marvel Olson, an Uptown bar owner. He said more police in the area is not necessarily the answer.

Another person told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Uptown is so safe that many people may have just let their guard down.
Only liberals could be that dumb. They live in a different world than the rest of us; most people are born with common sense, but apparently some aren't.

The description of the thugs remains virtually the same:

...Police describe the suspects as two black males age 17 to 22. They fled on foot, and may have eventually jumped into a white car, according to police.
KARE 11 provides additional details: "College student remains in critical condition after Minneapolis shooting".

A fun night with family ended in tragedy on the streets of Uptown on Saturday night.

A 25-year-old college student was shot in the head after he, his mother, his sister and a friend left an Uptown restaurant. Michael Zebuhr, a Clemson PhD student, was critically wounded Saturday just seconds after two men approached his 55-year-old mother, Susanne Strong, and demanded her purse.
Zebuhr was a 2005 graduate of Davis and Elkins College in Buckhannon, West Virginia. School officials say he received BS degrees in chemistry and math.

They said he was a student leader as well as a member of the school's ski team and an avid mountain biker. This year he was enrolled in a PhD program at Clemson University in South Carolina.
What a waste. I'm getting angrier just reading this. Can you imagine the contrast? Two monsters who give nothing to society, only take. They take the life of a young man who appeared to be very bright and ambitious. Someone who probably worked hard all his life to contribute to society. Someone who was on his way to success.

And these scumbags take it all away in an instant.

Since they won't be punished harshly in Minnesota (which is part of why it happens so often), we can only hope there is a special place in Hell for these sewer rats.

Some people have common sense and understand the gravity of the situation:

Monday, while people were shopping and dining, it was clear the weekend violence was weighing on their minds. "I'm angry," said Shauna Pineiro who frequents the area. "There's a lot of people out on the street accosting people asking people for money making all kinds of threats and stuff and it's got to stop," said Pineiro.

Her husband was a recent robbery victim, "That was the worst things I ever had in my life," said Daniel Pineiro recalling how he was mugged one night as he was walking. "All of a sudden a gun was pulled out and the only thing I could do is say 'help.""
This type of crime affects many people, including area businesses and employees:

Dana Bohn is an employee at one of the area stores who said, "It's definitely unsettling and we always walk out in pairs when we walk to our cars." While that's advice police offer as a safety tip, the fact is Saturday night's shooting victim was accompanied by three other people. The two assailants ran off and no arrests have been made.
Let's pray for Mr. Zebuhr.