Minnesota National Guard soldiers injured in drive-by shooting attack in Minneapolis

20 Avril, 2021, 16:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Two Minnesota National Guardsmen suffer minor injuries in drive-by shooting

Closing arguments are underway on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin amid heightened safety concerns after a National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team was sacked upon over the weekend in a drive-by shooting.

A neighborhood security team comprised of Minnesota National Guardsmen and Minneapolis Police Department officers were reportedly fired on around 4:19 a.m. on Sunday near Penn Avenue and Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. Two National Guard members sustained minor injuries from the incident.

One guardsman was treated at a local hospital after being cut by shattered glass and the other "received only superficial injuries", the statement said.

"I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured", Maj.

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Law enforcement has also responded to protests and demonstrations over the past week in relation to the police shooting of Daunte Wright. a 20-year-old black man, in nearby Brooklyn Center. Gen. Shawn Manke, the adjutant general of the Minneapolis National Guard, said. "I ask for peace as we work through this hard time".

The murder case against Chauvin in the death of George Floyd went to the jury Monday. The trial is expected to reach a conclusion this week, and many expect widespread violence and riots in Minneapolis if Chauvin is not convicted. The report pointed out that the Minnesota Senate approved $9 million in emergency funding to deal with potential unrest.

Gov. Tim Walz told CNN affiliate WCCO he spoke with the two injured guardsmen - one of whom he said he previously served with in a National Guard unit.

With the concern of violence because of the Chauvin trial verdict, Minneapolis Public Schools made a decision to not hold in-person learning from Wednesday to Friday, April 21 through 23.

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