MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Members of the Minnesota National Guard were fired upon during a drive-by shooting in Minneapolis early Sunday morning, with two guardsmen suffering minor injuries.
About 3,000 citizen soldiers and airmen are activated as part of Operation Safety Net. Members of the Minnesota National Guard are our neighbors and friends. These citizen soldiers, who left their full-time jobs and families during the mission, realize the weight of the time we’re in.READ MORE: Wisconsin Gov. Evers Calls GOP-Ordered Election Probe A '$700,000 Boondoggle'
âWe are aware that everyone is feeling a lot of different types of ways,â Sgt. Justin Haynes said.
From community “thank yous” to vulgar language, theyâre hearing it all. These soldiers are assigned to corridors in Minneapolis for the duration of the Derek Chauvin trial.
âWeâre just there to support the community, weâre there to show that weâre here to protect you, weâre here to protect the city and making sure that nothing wrong happens,â Pfc. Marisa Martinez said.
During the operation, members of their brigade came under fire early Sunday morning. Police say a light-colored SUV shot at a security team at Broadway and Penn avenues.
âOne of the bullets penetrated the Humvee with soldiers inside of it,” Cmdr. Sgt. Maj. Robert Harris said.READ MORE: Deadly, Highly-Contagious Rabbit Disease Detected In Minnesota
Harris said no one was seriously injured. After the incident, they met to talk about what happened.
âWe had what the chaplain calls a âcritical incident debrief,'” Harris said. “Our commander talked to them and, you know, told them that, you know, they’re doing a bang-up job.”
They say they’re aware of the danger during this tumultuous time, and the mission for these Minnesotans continues.
âAll we can do is kind of stand strong while weâre here,â Haynes said. “It is surreal because I donât expect to get shot at in uniform protecting my streets, on my streets that I come home to.”
They say the positive feedback outweighs the negative, and that’s their focus.
âJust being welcomed into the neighborhood, them telling us that they really appreciate us … it makes everything that we do just completely worth it,â Martinez said.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
The community can expect to see National Guard presence around Minneapolis during closing arguments in the Chauvin trial, through deliberations and the verdict.