Comment: Imagine our shock upon learning this...

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Nine people were wounded by gunfire across Minneapolis Tuesday, including a two-hour span that saw eight shot, adding to a recent rash of violence since last month's unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.

Police Department statistics show that a record 149 people have been shot since the start of the year — nearly half were shot within the past three weeks.

The most recent violence started shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, when patrol officers responded to calls of gunfire in the 2900 block of Columbus Avenue, only to learn that a male victim had been dropped off at an area hospital.

A preliminary investigation showed that the shooting was preceded by an argument between a group of people, according to police, who offered few other details.

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Nine people were shot and one stabbed in separate incidents across Minneapolis Tuesday and early Wednesday.

About 11:25 p.m., police were dispatched to a reported drive-by shooting in the 1100 block of 21st Avenue N., a block west of the Hawthorne Crossings strip mall.

When they arrived, they found two women suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene, with officers applying a tourniquet to help save one of the women's lives, a department spokesman said.

Comment: A racist cop, obviously. Defund the po-po!

A third victim showed up at an area hospital some time later, with a non-life threatening injury from the same incident, police said.

Police say that about seven minutes after the 21st Avenue shooting, gunfire broke out a few blocks east of that location, in the area of N. 5th and W. Broadway Avenue; two male victims were later dropped off at a nearby hospital, both suffering from non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Around the same time, two men with gunshot wounds showed up at HCMC, after apparently being injured when gunfire rang out in the area of S. 38th and Chicago avenues.

The block, which was thrust into the international spotlight after Floyd's death at the hands of a former Minneapolis officer on May 25, has long had a reputation for gang violence, police and neighbors say.

Comment: "Has long had a reputation for gang violence." The media left that part out when 'informing the world' about 'systemic racism in the USA'...

No arrests have been announced in any of the incidents.

Comment: Of course not. The cops have effectively been ordered to cease keeping the peace and solving crimes. They now just act as EMTs, patch up bullet holes where they can, then the gangbangers are quickly back out on the streets to shoot again another day.

The exceptionally violent stretch Tuesday night followed a shooting earlier in the day, which resulted in an hours-long standoff that ended when police realized the suspect had eluded capture.

The violence comes amid a sharp rise in shootings in the 22 days since Floyd's death. From May 26 to Tuesday, 66 people have been shot, or about 45% of the total shooting victims for the year, according to data provided by police.

The first week after Floyd's death saw a record 22 gunshot victims, while the following two weeks had 16 and 19 victims, respectively — all among the top five most violent weeks the city has had since 2016.

Overall, 149 people have been struck by gunfire so far in 2020 — the highest tally in at least the past five years.

Comment: ...and we're only halfway through the year...

Criminologists have noticed similar patterns in other cities, most recently Baltimore, which have seen violent crime rise in the wake of a controversial police killing.

Comment: No, violent crime rise in the wake of MEDIATIZATION of particular police killings, which 'signals' to the criminally-minded that it's 'safe' to 'go nuts'...

MPD officials were not immediately available for comment. In an unrelated incident, police say a man was stabbed about 12:41 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of W. 32nd Street. The victim reportedly told police he didn't know what happened, saying that he awoke to find that he'd been injured.

On Sunday, seven people were wounded during a shootout outside the Broadway Pub & Grille, 200 W. Broadway, which officials say involved more than 100 rounds being fired. One of the victims, Marcus Lashaun Banks, Jr., 22, of Spring Lake Park, died the following day of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.