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Three shot in north Minneapolis, two involve bikes

Shooter, victim rode bikes
Shooter, victim rode bikes

Gunfire rang out three times last night in north Minneapolis, wounding three males--two of them under the age of 18. Both incidents involving juveniles also included bikes.

An unnamed 15-year-old was shot by someone on a bicycle, and an unnamed 17-year-old was riding his bike when he was shot. The incidents happened a few hours and less than a mile apart. Minneapolis police are investigating to see if the incidents are related.

"That seems to be the million-dollar question," says Sgt. Stephen McCarty of the MPD.

The first shooting took place at around 6:15 p.m. at Lowry Avenue North and Penn Avenue North. A 15-year-old boy was in front of the E & L market, when a suspect on a bicycle pedaled near and shot him. The suspect fled, and the 15-year-old was transported to North Memorial hospital, where he was expected to survive just fine.

The second shooting took place a mile and a half away few hours later, at 11:03 p.m. Thirty-five-year-old Leroy Smalley was walking down the street at 11th Avenue North and Irving Avenue North, when he heard a loud "pop," according to McCarty. He looked down and saw that his leg was bleeding--he'd been shot. Smalley was also taken to the hospital.

Just nine minutes later, at 11:12 p.m., a 17-year-old was riding his bicycle at Penn Avenue North and 21st Avenue North, just under a mile away from the first shooting. Gunshot rang out--the boy on the bike was hit in the back.

No one has been arrested in any of the cases at this time.

Here are the locations of the three shootings:


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