The Star/Tribune is covering what appears to be an escalating war between a number of Minneapolis street gangs. Yesterday’s piece, bylined Libor Jany, breaks things down…
…well, almost. I’ll add emphasis:
The three people shot Tuesday were believed to have had some involvement in the Soundbar shooting, community leaders said.
But those were only the most recent.
• Eulalio Gonzalez-Sanchez, 36, of Minneapolis, was gunned down about 6:25 a.m. Sunday at the corner of 22nd Avenue NE. and 7th Street as he walked home from the bus stop. No one has been arrested in the case.
• Earl Lee Malone, 18, of Edina, was fatally shot and left in front of a house on the 2600 block of Knox Avenue about 11 p.m. Saturday. Police later arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the shooting, but it’s unclear when charges will be brought.
• Jemario Langston, 17, of Minneapolis, was shot and killed Sept. 16 by assailants who chased him to his aunt’s house. After hearing gunshots, the aunt opened her back door to find his sprawled body. No one has been arrested.
The Bogus Boys have been locked in a long-simmering struggle with several other South Side gangs, including the Bloods, “10s” and “20s,” said Ferome Brown, an activist who attended Tuesday’s meeting and works to steer young people away from gangs.
Many of the gang members he works with, Brown says, grew up in the same neighborhoods.
That’s a good run-down of a neighborhood in crisis…
…but wait. See the empasized stuff? Earl Malone? We talked about him earlier today. He was shot in self-defense. The media knows this – as in this WCCO-TV piece filed a day earlier than the Strib’s piece.
Now, it’s entirely possible that the carjacking that Mr. Malone apparently attempted may have been gang-related.
But lumping a self-defense shooting – one in which a community member defended themselves against an immediate threat to their life and health – is not the same as gang bangers carrying on an endless blood feud. It’s just not.
Does the Strib know the difference?