At least one person was killed and two were injured in a shooting in Minneapolis this weekend, according to reports.
Men were persecuted on Sunday after a man was fatally shot near the site where George Floyd died last May. The shooting took place on Saturday near George Floyd Square, which commemorates Floyd, who died in police custody and sparked protests and riots in the United States last May.
Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said the victim was shot after he and the suspect had a verbal altercation. The man died at the Henpen County Medical Center (HCMC).
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Friends and colleagues identified the victim as Imez Wright, a 30-year-old from Minneapolis who had previously been convicted of domestic abuse and drug-related crimes, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Wright trained as a mental health practitioner and worked as a team member for Change Inc., a twinning organization that helps mentors blacks in St. Paul.
“It’s a huge loss for our organization, our team,” Quinton Bonds, one of his supervisors, told the paper. “Our team is like a family. We lost a family member.”
“[Wright] he always said he wished he knew better, “Bonds continued.” He was very authentic. “
A man was injured in the town later Saturday. He was taken to HCMC with non-critical injuries.
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On Sunday morning, police responded to another shooting and found a man suffering from uncritical injuries. According to the Star-Tribune, the victim was taken to a local hospital. Police say he was in a vehicle when he was hit by gunfire.
The deadly shooting is probably the 12th murder in Minneapolis so far this year, reports said. This happened when the selection of the jury began on Monday in the case of Derek Chauvin. A Minneapolis police officer has been fired and charged with murder after a video from a bystander showed him pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck.
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An elder said the shootings were not related to the upcoming trial. He said anyone with more information was asked to contact Minnesota Criminals.