At least one person was killed and two injured in shootings in Minneapolis this weekend, according to reports.
A manhunt took place on Sunday after a man was shot and killed near the place where George Floyd died last May. The shooting took place on Saturday near “George Floyd Square,” which serves as a memorial to Floyd, who died in police custody and sparked protests and riots across the United States last May.
Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said the victim was shot after he and the suspect had a verbal disagreement. The man died at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).
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Friends and colleagues identified the victim as Imez Wright, 30, of Minneapolis, who was previously convicted of domestic abuse and narcotics offenses, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Wright was training to be a mental health professional and worked as a team member for Change Inc., a Twin Cities organization that helps guide black youth in St. Paul.
“This is a great loss for our organization, our team,” one of his supervisors, Quinton Bonds, told the newspaper. “Our team is like a family. We lost a family member.”
“[Wright] He always said he wishes he knew better, “Bonds continued.” It was very authentic. “
Later Saturday, a man was injured in the Uptown area of the city. He was brought to HCMC with non-critical injuries.
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On Sunday morning, officers responded to another shooting and found a man suffering non-critical injuries. The victim was taken to a local area hospital, according to the Star-Tribune. Police say he was in a vehicle when he was hit by gunfire.
The fatal shooting was likely the 12th homicide in Minneapolis so far this year, according to reports. It happened as jury selection begins Monday at Derek Chauvin’s trial. The Minneapolis police officer was fired and charged with murder after video of a bystander showed him pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.
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Elder said the shootings were not related to the upcoming trial. He said anyone with more information should contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.