A furious and complex gang war in parts of the Minneapolis’s north side has contributed to the majority of the city’s homicides and dozens of shootings, while leaving residents both fearful and jaded by the violence outside their doorsteps, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A 25-year-old man has the distinction of being counted twice among the roughly 170 gunshot victims in north Minneapolis — and 245 citywide — through Sept. 5.
While fewer people have been killed this year than last, police say the drop is as much a testimony to bad marksmanship than anything else. The latest violence flared over the weekend, when a 21-year-old man was shot in the face after an argument at a house party that was attended by members of rival gangs, according to police. No one has been arrested in the homicide, the city’s 24th of the year. Police estimate there are 20 to 25 gangs — with another 20 or more smaller subsets, called “cliques” — in operation across the city, said officer Corey Schmidt, a police spokesman. Among the 25 gangs, there are some alliances that allow members to freely associate with one another. The number also includes ethnic and immigrant gangs, along with larger biker gangs. Schmidt attributed a majority of this year’s homicides to “some type of a gang relationship or affiliation.”