Friday, October 06, 2006

Further Details On Minneapolis Murder #50

I'll make an admission right now that I have no idea how the Minneapolis murder count is tabulated. For awhile there I would report each murder sequentially, adding "1" to the previous number, yet the official number would turn out to be different. I've even noted differences among MSM news organizations, which over time are "corrected" and change.

Tabulating the murder count doesn't sound hard on it's face, so why do the numbers vary? KvM tracks the numbers closely, to the extent they include them permanently on their sidebar, and their count today is "48", but the MSM organizations are reporting "50". Are differences simply the result of classification changes?

I don't know.

In any event, every report on the latest murder I've heard has the current Minneapolis murder total as 50, so I'll go with that.

KARE 11 News has more details on last night's killing: "Teen gunned down in south Minneapolis".

Overnight, Minneapolis recorded its 50th homicide of the year. And this time, it was a teenager.

Minneapolis Police say around 10:30 Thursday evening, in the 2300 block of Elliot Avenue South, a 16-year-old African American male was hit by drive-by gunfire. He died at the scene.

Witnesses said they heard as many as four shots, others said it sounded like automatic gunfire.

Police say they have a lot of questions and very few answers. They don't know if the teen was the target of the shooter or if this was a random event.
The bottom line is, with 48, 50, or even 10 murders in Minneapolis, the violence is not acceptable to residents, business owners, and visitors to the city. The robberies, murders, and assaults in Minneapolis are low in absolute numbers relative to New Orleans, Detroit, or Chicago, but are much higher on a per capita basis than it should be.

So, the question remains: When will the good citizens of Minneapolis fill the leadership vacuum in furtherance of their safety?