Uncovered body lies in street following latest north Mpls homicide [VIDEO]
:::: UPDATE :::: A juvenile has been arrested in connection with last night's homicide, the MPD says. The medical examiner still hasn't released the victim's identity. (Read an update including the victim's name and details about the charges against the murder suspect here.)
:::: UPDATE II :::: MPD spokesman John Elder got back to us with an explanation for why the victim's body is uncovered in the video on page two of this post.
"Due to forensics, we do not make a habit of covering bodies unless there is a different mitigating reason to do so," he says.
(Original post) -- Just a day before the Minneapolis Police Department beefs up patrols in north Minneapolis in response to an exceptionally violent July, the area's third homicide of the month went down.
According to the MPD, at 6:59 p.m. yesterday, officers were summoned to a shooting at the intersection of 26th and Penn Avenues North. When they got there they found a 41-year-old man dead on the pavement.
According to a number of reports, the chain of events culminating in the homicide began with an argument on a Metro Transit Route 19 bus.
A video of the victim's uncovered body lying on the ground while officers milled around was posted to the North Vent Facebook page. It was quickly removed, but not before a source preserved it and sent it to us. To see the graphic footage, click to page two.
On the Facebook page where it originally appeared, some questioned why the body remained uncovered even after officers were at the scene, while others pointed out it might've been for investigative reasons. We touched base with MPD spokesman Scott Seroka in hopes he could help put the video in context, but he wasn't immediately able to provide answers.
About 20 minutes after last night's homicide, another shooting took place just blocks away at 24th and Lyndale Avenues North, WCCO reports. A male victim was left with non-life-threatening injuries. The Star Tribune, citing Seroka, reports that the two shootings don't appear to be related.
No arrests have been made in connection with either incident.
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