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With the killing and controversy surrounding Tomika Swoope’s, and additional shootings on 14th and Queen; Lowry and Emerson (three shootings in less than 3-hours), a group of community point people did plan to have a press conference today to talk about the recent and ongoing, unaddressed violence in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the shootings on Wednesday night has put the press conference on hold. Something to note: Y-T-D more homicides in 2011 versus 2010…yes, we’re off and running to a deadly summer.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN Update/April 5. 2011)…Last night IBNN NEWS broke the story about two youths being shot late yesterday afternoon.
Since that posting, IBNN has learned more information on the events that took place yesterday at about 4:45 p.m.
The shooting took place across the street from Sojourner Truth Academy Elementary School located at 3820 Emerson Avenue North in the parking lot of St. Bridget Catholic Church located at 3811 Emerson Ave North.
Conflicting reports have cited that somehow students at the Sojourner Truth Academy Elementary School were involved and sources telling IBNN that a youth brought a weapon to school.
Sojourner Truth Academy Elementary Schools Julie Guy, School Director told IBNN NEWS in a phone interview that the incident is not related to the school or students that attend the school.
Ms. Guy said, “Our oldest children are 8th graders,” in a somewhat naive response when asked about the ages of the youth who were victims of this violent assault. For the record, let’s keep in mind, the use of a weapon has no age limits in north Minneapolis.
There are unconfirmed reports that one of the victims from yesterdays shooting has expired or is on life-support pending organ harvesting.
IBNN NEWS and it’s affiliates will keep you updated as we get more information.