According to the Minneapolis Police Department, a pregnant woman was shot and killed on Sunday night. The incident happened in south Minneapolis around 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of 37th Street and Elliot Avenue. This area is located just a block away from the George Floyd memorial site.
The woman was reportedly inside a car while she was shot and had suffered serious injuries by the time that police arrived on the scene. She was quickly taken to Hennepin Healthcare Hospital for treatment, but doctors were unable to save her. In an odd twist of fate, they were able to deliver her child, which seems healthy by all indications.
Officer Garrett Parten, a police spokesman, told CBS News that this is the city’s 29th homicide this year.
Update from Minneapolis Police on the shooting that happened Sunday night on 37th and Elliot Ave S.
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The murder comes at the end of a long weekend of violence in the city, where there were numerous other shootings. Even on Sunday night, the shooting that left the woman dead was not the only one. That same evening, another shooting victim was treated at the same hospital, but right now police are considering this to be a separate incident.
No arrests have been made in the case and the police have not named any suspects, but they are asking for help.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may be submitted electronically at CrimeStoppersMN.org. All tips are anonymous and persons providing information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a financial reward.
Last month, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to begin dismantling the city’s police department. The shocking move comes after weeks of massive protests against police brutality, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Ultimately, the city’s voters will have the final say this November through a ballot initiative.
This does not mean that the police force will go away immediately, even if the ballot initiative passes. The measure that was introduced by the council began a year-long process where they will field different recommendations about what types of services will replace the police department. At the end of that year, there should be a workable plan, at which point, funds will be redirected from the police department towards community-based crime prevention and a new vision for law enforcement.