Posted: Oct 13, 2021 12:01 AM
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Minnesota communities—like cities across America—are suffering from unprecedented levels of crime. The problem is especially bad in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding cities. In Minneapolis, the city’s ShotSpotter sound-based gunfire detection system detected over 20,000 rounds fired during the first nine months of this year. During the same period, Minneapolis saw 503 gunshot victims. That’s up 26 percent from 2020, and it’s double the four-year average. There have been at least 73 homicides in Minneapolis this year. In 2020—a year that saw more murders than any year since 1995—there had been 61 homicides at this point in the year. Carjackings also continue to rise. There have been 355 carjacking in the city year-to-date, an increase of 35 percent over last year.
Terribly, in the last nine months, three children—ages 6, 9, and 12—have been fatally shot in Minneapolis.
The level of violence in the Twin Cities is shocking and appalling. Residents are living in fear and those with the means to do so