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15-year-old killed in New Year's Eve shooting in north Minneapolis

31December 2021

A 15-year-old boy died and another teen was injured in a shooting on New Year’s Eve afternoon.

Minneapolis police responded to 2400 North Dupont Avenue in north Minneapolis at 4:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting with one person down and another wounded, according to a news release. Officers found the 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

The second boy, a 16-year-old, arrived at North Memorial Health Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police believe the two were walking when gunfire came from a vehicle, according to the release. No one has been arrested.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity of the teen who died.

This marks the 97th homicide in Minneapolis for 2021, tying the all-time record set in 1995.

A surge in gun violence in 2021, especially in the city’s most diverse and lowest-income neighborhoods, fueled the second straight year of what has become Minneapolis’ deadliest period in a generation. The homicide count this year surpassed 2020’s 84 reported killings and doubled 2019’s.

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