Community seeks answers after North Minneapolis shootings

- Two fatal shootings in a matter of hours are concerning for those in the community.

It's early, but so far investigators don't believe these two shootings are related. Police have made no arrests and have no suspects. 

A memorial sits near the spot where a woman was killed Friday night. Minneapolis police say she was shot while sitting in her car near the intersection of 36th Avenue North and Queen Avenue North.

A woman who gave her name as Sister Beanie says she was compelled to come here and pray.

“Asking for your peace. Asking for your salvation,” Sister Beanie said.

Just hours after that shooting, a man was found was shot inside a car near 48th Avenue North and Bryant. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Not much is known about the circumstances in that shooting, but activist K.G. Wilson says the victim on 36th Avenue North may have been caught in a shootout.

“She was just an innocent victim which let me know that could have been me or you or one of our loved ones. Just riding though and stopped at a stop sign,” Wilson said.

Wilson and MADDADS President V.J. Smith visited both crime scenes on Saturday.

“Our families are suffering, our kids are suffering, our children are suffering, our parents are suffering. So, we got to get in there and give them some help,” Smith said.

These activists say police can't do it alone, and community members need to do their part to combat crime.

“Until we become neighbors, we're going to continue to see the same cycle of violence and death and homicide and innocent people being shot and killed,” Smith said.

“We're going to tell who you are. I think that's one of the biggest issues there. People are scared to say and speak out,” Marc Johnigan with the Twin Cities Recovery Social Club said.

Smith and Wilson plan to hold a prayer rally at Mount Shiloh Church at 1:30 Sunday followed by a rally at 36th and Penn near the scene of one of the shootings. If you know anything about these shootings, you're asked to call Minneapolis police.

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