At 7:30 p.m. last night, police responded to a call of a man down at Dupont Avenue North, but when they got there, it wasn't a man they found.
The surge in youth violence in north Minneapolis continued last night, with the death of a 16-year-old boy. Paramedics tried to revive the teenager, but he was beyond saving and declared dead at the scene. The boy's identity has not been released by police.
The boy's death was the third juvenile homicide in north Minneapolis in the last month, along with the shootings of 14-year-old Quantell Braxton and 13-year-old Ray'jon Gomez in late August.
As in Braxton's case -- where someone shot up a peace rally held in his name, wounding one -- violence led to more violence: Last night, a moment of mob violence broke out among mourners, KSTP reports.
A rumor circulated among the crowd that one of the people present then was involved in the fatal shooting, and the crowd turned on the accused. According to KSTP, "50, maybe 100 people" chased the allegedly involved person, who was later beaten with a crutch.
The victim in the case seems targeted, with those who know him saying he'd recently been shot in the leg.
No arrests have been made in the case, and police are taking any information on it at the TIPS line, 612-692-8477.
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