Sunday, July 09, 2006

Another Minneapolis Murder (Or Is It?)

Forgive me, I'm a little confused. I've been documenting each Minneapolis murder as they come along, and by my count there had been 33 before the latest shooting on the North Side.

Number 33 by my count was the child killed by his father, on which I reported here. Was that not a murder?

The reason I ask is because Fox 9 News reported the killing earlier today as #33. By my count it would be 34.

This doesn't seem too hard. Was the child killing a murder or not?

In any event, there isn't a lot of local reporting yet on last night's (actually very early this morning) murder. WCCO News has a short story here: "Police Investigating Possible Homicide Case".

(WCCO) Minneapolis Police are investigating a homicide after discovering a body at 7th (&) Penn Ave. N in Minneapolis early Sunday morning.

Officers responded to a one-car crash report at 4:30 a.m. and found an adult male in the driver's sea.

They were able to determine the victim had suffered an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The name of the victim has not been released. There are currently no leads in this case.
What's not mentioned is something Fox 9 News reported on their 9 pm newscast; not only was there a murder, there was also a separate shooting of a bicyclist on the North Side. I believe the report was that the victim remains in serious condition. The WCCO article doesn't mention this.

The Star Tribune also weighs in on Minneapolis' latest murder: "Shooting victim crashes SUV, later dies".

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune
Last update: July 09, 2006 – 8:40 PM

A man who had been shot crashed his car early Sunday and later died at a hospital.
Capt. Rich Stanek said authorities don't know the motive in the homicide. Police have no suspects and have not made any arrests.

The victim, a man in his late teens or early 20s, was driving a sport-utility vehicle when he crashed into a parked car and light pole about 4:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Penn Avenue N., police said. He was the only one in the vehicle.

He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later. His identity has not been released.
In case you haven't noticed the trend, 7th and Penn North is not the place to be. Ever.

Authorities don't know where the shooting took place, Stanek said. The crash occurred just shy of the intersection of 8th and Penn Avs. N., just a block from where Brian T. Cole, 18, was fatally shot June 17.

Theresa Schiller was hit in the eye by a bullet in February at that corner. Police said it was a random shooting; she survived.
The media has not reported any statement being issued from Mayor Rybak's office.

Where are you, Mr. Mayor?

UPDATE: KARE 11 is now reporting this new murder as #34.

UPDATE UPDATE: As God is my witness, the Red Star is now reporting this may not have been a murder.

In fact, if I'm reading this right, they're saying it's a homicide and not a homicide in the same article:

Last update: July 09, 2006 – 10:17 PM

After being shot, man crashes his SUV


Chao Xiong, Star Tribune

A man who had been shot and crashed his car early Sunday in north Minneapolis was being treated at a hospital for his injuries.

Police initially said the man had died.