National Guard Troops in Minneapolis Fired On: Drive By Shooting Injures 2

Shots Fired at National Guard Troops in Minneapolis: 2 Injured Drive-By Shooting

Members of the Minnesota National Guard came under gunfire in Minneapolis on April 18. Two suffered minor injuries.

A National Guard and Minneapolis police “neighborhood security team was fired upon early Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting near Penn Avenue and Broadway in Minneapolis,” the Guard wrote in a tweet.

In another tweet, the Guard said the shooting took place at around 4 a.m. local time, when a “light-colored SUV” approached and someone inside “fired several shots” at a “security team providing neighborhood security.”

“No team members were seriously injured,” the account wrote, adding in a separate post that two members received minor injuries.



“One Guardsman sustained an injury from shattered glass requiring additional care and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment. The other Guardsman received only superficial injuries,” the post states.

The National Guard was deployed by Gov. Tim Walz after rioters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, vandalized the city’s police headquarters on April 11 following Wright’s shooting.

Last week, the National Guard confirmed that it had more than 500 personnel activated after Walz’s decision, noting that the troops were mobilized ahead of a jury decision in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Riots, arson incidents, vandalism, and looting erupted in Minneapolis last year following Floyd’s death, leading to tens of millions of dollars in property damage.

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