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Police: ‘Roaming Groups’ May Be Behind Mpls. Violence

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said Friday he believes “roaming groups” of adolescents may be responsible for the recent deadly violence in north Minneapolis.

Dolan said they’re not gangs in the traditional sense.

“They’re large groups; they’re 11, 12, 13, 14 year-olds,” said Dolan.

And Dolan is urging residents to provide any information they might have on the incidents.

“When you see these groups of kids that are roaming around, and they [residents] know they’re not from their neighborhood. I talked to a number of residents up there, they’ve been hesitant to call,” Dolan said.

The chief said there are two roaming groups and they’re the same age as the victims of two fatal shootings in the past week: 13 year-old Rayjom Gomez and 14 year-old Quantell Braxton.

Police said they are still looking for the killers. They’ve beefed up patrols and are strictly enforcing curfews in north Minneapolis.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

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