Shots fired at Guardsmen patrolling near Wright scene

Shots fired at Guardsmen patrolling near Wright scene Photo: Minnesota National Guard

Updated: April 18, 2021 05:07 PM
Created: April 18, 2021 01:12 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say two National Guardsmen suffered minor injuries when they were fired upon as they provided neighborhood security in Minneapolis following the police killing of a 20-year-old Black man in a nearby suburb.

The Minnesota Guard says the men were hurt when several shots came from a light-colored SUV around 4:19 a.m. Sunday.

One was treated at a hospital for an injury for shattered glass and the other's injuries were described as superficial.

"I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured," said Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. "This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now. I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time."

The Minneapolis area was on heightened alert for a verdict in Derek Chauvin's murder trial, even before April 11 when an officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center.

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