MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police are asking for the public’s help to solve recent shootings of three young boys in north Minneapolis — in a year that has seen a decline of violent crime in the area.

Two of the victims died. Thirteen-year-old Rayjon Gomez boy died Wednesday, and 14-year-old Quantell Braxton died Saturday.

Police say they’ve seen a rapid but unexplained increase in gunplay in some neighborhoods of north Minneapolis.

Police Chief Tim Dolan is asking residents to come forward if they know anything about the shootings. He’s also calling on neighbors to be watchful and call police if they see anything suspicious, and he wants parents to keep children out of harm’s way.

Dolan says parents should bring kids indoors in the evenings, saying police will step up enforcement of curfew laws.

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Comments (23)
  1. Holloway 99 says:

    The concern should have began about 30 years ago.

    1. just sayin says:

      No kidding.

    2. holly says:

      More like 50-60 years ago, when housing covenants ensured that the north side was the only place in Minneapolis that black people could live.

  2. j says:

    Is the concern a by-product of “No Snitch No-Tell” ?
    Or is that just a creed some live by until things get too close to home..

    1. Ven says:

      agreed – people better ‘start snitching’ or find your loved-ones (or self) dead.

  3. Why N Mpls says:

    Can someone tell me why so many blacks live in N MPLS? I don’t quite understand why that is where they choose to live. Is there more rental property, is there more churches? What is the reason?

    1. landlord 101 says:

      Most landlords don’t care about the other good residents in the hood.
      They just want their cash.

      So many are here because their welfare runs out in LA, then Chicago… and they learn that Minnesota does NOT limit the welfare.

      So while cheating the system, they drug deal for cash.
      As long as they pay their rent, or the state pays the rent for them, the land lord goes about his business as usual, and leaves the dealers to their bidness, and everyone is happy.

      1. Mike says:

        Landlord the idiot-
        The Minnesota welfare law put a 5-year lifetime limit on people receiving public assistance years ago. Apparently the KKK club you belong to didn’t get the update.

    2. Dave's Not Here says:

      Misery loves company.

    3. holly says:

      North Minneapolis has traditionally been the most low income area in the city, and used to function as a transitional neighborhood for pretty much anyone considered nonwhite–before it was predominantly black, it was a Jewish enclave. Post-WWII, as families were buying homes, housing covenants were established to keep blacks segregated. This happened nationwide. Here, it relegated black families to the north side. I think that the north side is still a black enclave because people tend to stay close to their families and the places they grew up, and many people living there now had parents or grandparents who had no choice but to live there.

      Before someone jumps down my throat and calls me a stupid liberal, I’m not denying the importance of personal responsibility in people’s lives. I’m not saying NoMi is the only choice for black people today. Please save it.

  4. fill me in says:

    When deciding on where to live, one must ask themselves, do I want to live in a place that could end up like Detroit? Flint? Watt? Oakland? Harlem? Gary?

    Keep the list coming – I am drawing a blank but I am sure there are A LOT!

  5. mb says:

    Is it possible that the media/police need to quit broadcasting “that violence is down this year, in comparison to last year” on the news and in every paper you read? When you have youngsters who are ‘lost’, killing each other, gang related activity and the type of evil that is involved…maybe fueling it with “lesser numbers’ this year’ needs to stop. Satan is alive and walking THIS WORLD to rob, steal and destroy…people need to wake up, turn to and accept Jesus if they haven’t yet and keep praying and continue to hold prayer vigils and reclaim property. Jesus is Lord! This is about good versus evil people…satan vs. GOD!! Each of us needs to decide what side we want to be on…NO GRAY AREA! Continuing to pray for all people involved…

    1. Dave's Not Here says:

      There is no satan. There never was. There is no magician in the clouds looking over us all like children, cherry picking who to kill or let live that day.

      Sorry to burst your bubble.

      There is no red-skinned, goat-hooved, fork-tailed demon who is in your thoughts trying to get you to knock over the local liquor store. PERIOD. You are the one who came up with the thoughts to rob it. It wasn’t pushed into your brain by a demon.

      Grow up.

      1. mb says:

        Sorry to burst YOUR bubble Dave…satan IS walking this earth…do you really think all of this evil (that is continuing to worsen not only in N Mpls BUT also in the entire world are only in my thoughts…figments of my imagination? REALLY??

        I’ll agree with you on one account…I agree there are no red-skinned, goat-hooved, forked tailed demons walking around on earth. Demons come in MANY shapes and sizes and in MANY forms. Many of them are normal looking and beautifully disguised…on earth…so keep your eyes opened.

        Oh and you are right that NONE of this was pushed into my mind by satan…so we actually agree on two things. I lay my faith and trust in GOD…I know who I am in Christ.

        I will continue to read the word…and pray for YOUR soul and salvation too…so that someday you won’t have to come face to face with the red-skinned, goat hooved, forked tailed demons in hell.

        Love ya brother…continuing to pray!

        1. Dave's Not Here says:


          You need to be committed. For your own good. You are not mentally all there.

    2. Doug T says:

      Satan dont kill people …People kill people – no excuses

      The brothers are killing the brothers…. Evil comes in many faces

  6. Carl says:

    A prayer vigil was interupted by gunfire and 1 woman was sent to the hospital? Are we in Afghanistan or North Mpls?

    1. me says:

      Is there a difference ?

  7. mb says:

    Amen…Doug T

    Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical oppoents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of the present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

  8. Murph says:

    Did you ever wonder if it could be the work of some lunatic white GOP’er? or Tea Partier? Faux news has spawned more than a few dimwits loose on the streets!

    1. Truth says:

      doubt it, nothing but a bunch of 0bama’s people living up there

      1. Dave's Not Here says:

        Hawaiians? 🙂

  9. Draven says:

    My only advice? Check the schools. This seems like it’d be done by someone that had to be close to them on a daily basis, another one around their age. It’s no coincidence that all these kids are around 13 and 14 years old all in the same area. Plus, it’s childish to burn down a child’s memorial. CHECK THE SCHOOLS. I’m almost certain that the suspect is either in or connected to a student there. To give a guess about the profile, the suspect has to be considerably young, around 14-17. And extreme bitterness towards the first boy dead.

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