Shooting in Uptown, Minneapolis kills one person

Autumn Page, Marketing Director

A shooting occurred in Minneapolis on March 6 — in the same intersection where George Floyd was killed.  

Police found a man who had suffered a gunshot wound and was immediately taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

When they arrived, “officers were met with some interference at the scene,” John Elder, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman, said.

The possible interference could be because the intersection is considered a memorial site for Floyd. 

Police were told that the victim had already been taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

There isn’t very much clarity on if the victim was taken to the hospital by an ambulance or another EMT vehicle. The way it’s being described and/or covered seems suspicious or like there are things being intentionally left out of the story. 

According to Elder, officers responded to a report of a shooting, using an automatic sound detecting system called ShotSpotter, around 5:45 p.m. on Lagoon Avenue between Girard and Hennepin Avenues. Not long after police received 911 calls reporting two people had been shot.

“The victim and the suspect had a verbal disagreement, and the suspect shot the victim,” Elder said.

One of the victims, a man believed to be in his 30s, was identified by friends and colleagues as Imez Wright.

Wright worked for Change Inc. — a Twin Cities organization where he was part of a team of 10 social service staffers who mentor Black youth in St. Paul. 

The Ramsey County program is funded by the state Department of Human Services. He was training to be a mental health practitioner.

Authorities said that they had not located a second victim who is reportedly injured. Elder considers the second victim armed and dangerous. 

Police said the suspect fled in a light-colored Chevrolet Suburban with a body style used between 2005 and 2016. 

The SUV is believed to have damage from gunshots.

This incident comes at an interesting time for Minneapolis — as the trial for Derek Chauvin would have taken place two days after.

Chauvin is on trial for the murder of Floyd, and the city is anticipating city-wide unrest during this time. 

The shooting came just hours after over 150 people protested in front of the Governor’s mansion. They gathered to demand accountability for the police offers in advance for the trial. 

The unrest that we saw back in May when Floyd was murdered has a chance of coming back twice as hard. There has been no confirmation that any of these incidents are related in any way, and I will not imply that they are.

The lack of details is unnerving within the reports of Wright’s death, and it could be from the trial of Chauvin — which has been delayed because of a possible additional murder charge.

I’m hopeful that, even with everything going on, Wright can get the justice he deserves.