Two National Guard members were wounded after shots were fired early Sunday morning in Minneapolis at a city Police Department neighborhood security team.
The Minnesota National Guard said the drive-by shooting happened at approximately 4:19 a.m. local time when a light-colored SUV fired several shots at a team of Guard and law enforcement officers providing neighborhood security amid the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd, a black man, last May.
One injured guardsman sustained injuries from shattered glass due to the incident and was taken to a local medical facility. The other had superficial injuries, according to a Twitter post from the state’s National Guard.
A @MNNationalGuard and @MinneapolisPD neighborhood security team was fired upon early Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting near Penn Avenue and Broadway in Minneapolis.
— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) April 18, 2021
No other law enforcement or security personnel were injured from the Sunday morning shooting. Police did not release further information about the shooting, and there were no reports of any arrests.
In response to continued unrest across the city of Minneapolis, authorities have initiated Operation Safety Net, a team dedicated to bringing safety and security to the city. The net includes the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol, among other agencies.
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.
Two other shootings occurred across the country on Sunday. Three victims were killed and two were wounded at a Wisconsin tavern, and three others were killed during a shooting incident in Austin, Texas.
Representatives for the Minneapolis Police Department did not immediately reply to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
Author: Kaelan Deese, Breaking News Reporter
Source: Washington Examiner : Two National Guard members injured in Minneapolis shooting