Minneapolis teen arrested in deadly shooting with city on pace to surpass homicide record

Minneapolis has recorded 94 homicides this year

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Minneapolis, like other major cities across the nation, is on track to break homicide records after the city counted its 94th victim of 2021. 

On Monday, Minneapolis police arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a deadly shooting on the 3700 block of Park Avenue South. 

3700 block of Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

3700 block of Park Avenue South, Minneapolis (Google Maps)

Officers responded to a shooting at a home in the area around 11:40 a.m. Investigators found a man dead at the scene of apparent gunshot wounds. 

Neither the victim nor the suspect’s identity has been released, but police say the violence appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute. 

Police said a 15-year-old juvenile male was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for PC Murder. 

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The city has recorded 94 homicides this year, just three murders short of its worst year on record, 1995, FOX 9 reported

A local resident looks at a police vehicle driving along a street in north of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. September 9, 2021.

A local resident looks at a police vehicle driving along a street in north of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. September 9, 2021. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

In 2020, the city recorded more than 1,900 robberies, 84 homicides, 438 rapes, and nearly 3,000 aggravated assaults, police department crime stats show. As of Tuesday, December 28, Minneapolis has had more of each of these types of crimes in 2021 than in 2021 except when it comes to the number of rapes. 

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Minneapolis, like other cities, is dealing with the fallout of mass protests that gripped the nation last year in response to the police killing of George Floyd. While some protests began as peaceful demands for U.S. criminal justice reform, many quickly descended into rioting and looting. 

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

The protests birthed a movement to "defund the police," something that many democratically run cities – like Minneapolis – have pursued. Now, more than a year-and-a-half after Floyd’s death, more than a dozen U.S. cities have set new homicide records, according to local police departments. 

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Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baton Rouge, Portland, and Philadelphia, are but a few of the cities that have broken homicide records in 2021.