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 ongoing 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.
« I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured, » Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, the adjutant general of the Minneapolis National Guard, said. « This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now. I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time. »
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 not 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 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.
Kaelan Deese, With Examiner
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