Minneapolis police say a gang feud led to the killing of a man near Lake Calhoun earlier this week. And they say an uptick in gang activity has led to more shootings and killings in the city than last year.
Derrick Gregory Martin, 20, of Brooklyn Park, was shot to death Monday night on the walking path around the lake.
Inspector Mike Martin, commander of the 4th Precinct in north Minneapolis, says the increase in gang activity is due in part to a volatile mix of gang members on the streets.
"Some career offenders, even young people who've been in prison or juvenile detention facilities, are getting back out and who are acting on revenge and retaliation for incidents that have occurred in the past," said Martin.
Martin says the gangs involved in the shooting this week are active on the north side. He says officers are trying to find out who's responsible and deter any more retaliatory violence.
Martin says the best way to prevent a revenge killing is to meet face to face with friends and family members of the victim.
"I think that's the most effective means because then they know, we know what you're thinking, we know who you're with, we know what you're wearing, we know what you're driving, we know where you live. Don't do it, or we're coming back on you," he said.
Martin says officers are also concentrating their efforts on seizing illegal guns. He says officers confiscate six to 12 guns a week in north Minneapolis.