Shooting in Minneapolis possibly gang related
Police are looking for possible gang connections that caused the shooting of a 14-year-old Minneapolis boy, according to the Star Tribune. Augustin Andrade Navarro was hanging out with some friends when a car full of teens pulled up, exchanged some words, and then opened fire, hitting Navarro in the chest. Hours after that shooting, another happened in Richfield, causing the death of an 18-year-old man.
Police believe both shootings are gang related, but are still investigating whether the victims have gang affiliations. Gang related crimes haven't been a large problem since fall, but officials say there has been more activity in the past month. Navarro's mother said he wasn't in a gang, and didn't know why anybody would want to shoot her son.
Police say it's too early to make a definitive link between the two shootings, but there is enough similarity to investigate. In the past week Minneapolis police have taken guns from six gang members. Fourth Precinct Inspector Mike Martin said it's hard to track gangs and their members because they can change gang affiliations on a daily basis or use fake names. "You have to work harder at gathering intelligence and get the information out quickly," Martin said.