A young father was killed and 11 others suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting early Sunday morning in Uptown Minneapolis, Breitbart reported.
Cody Pollard, a barber and father of two, died from his injuries after being taken to the hospital, according to Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO. Police believe there were multiple shooters on foot in the area, but no arrests have been made so far.
All of the injured victims were adults, police said. The area of the shooting is about three miles from the commercial district where many stores were damaged during the protests that followed the police-involved death of George Floyd on May 25.
Some of the stores near the shooting scene had already been damaged in the spillover violence from earlier riots, WCCO noted.
Pattern of ongoing violence
Police and business owners in the area agree that there has been a pattern of ongoing violence in the Uptown section of Minneapolis for the last few years, long before the recent demonstrations and riots occurred, according to WCCO.
“This has nothing to do with George Floyd or the protests. This has to do with violence and guns in Uptown that’s been ignored for years,” Jamie Liestman, manager of John Fluevog Shoes, told the outlet.
Fred Hwang, a manager at Hoban Korean BBQ, said that before the protests began, off-duty police would provide security to bars and clubs in the area, but “no one has that now because police are a liability for us,” the CBS affiliate station reported.
The shooting was one of at least 18 such events in Minneapolis over the weekend, WCCO reported separately, and it came in the wake of a decision by local leaders earlier this month to begin dismantling the police department.
At least seven other people were reportedly injured in the spate of weekend shootings, according to WCCO.
“Public health crisis”
The affiliate station also reported that Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said in a statement about the violence: “Ultimately, no one in our community should fear or suffer violence, and it is clear that we need to continue to invest in systems that work to keep people safe.”
Meanwhile, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the shootings and associated violence are “a public health crisis,” adding:
This is not something we can arrest ourselves out of. All stakeholders, the Minneapolis Police Department, the St. Paul Police Department, have to come together to find out what’s leading to this and help as a team thwart them from continuing.
One would think that this type of violent bloodshed would cause city leaders in Minneapolis to rethink the wisdom of defunding or disbanding local police, but given the fact that, as The Hill notes, nine of the City Council’s 13 members have already pledged to begin the process, such a reversal seems unlikely at this point.