The officer was taken by his partner to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he is in satisfactory condition, police said.
Police said that the two officers had just finished handling a burglary call on the 1100 block of 24th Avenue N. in the Jordan neighborhood around 5 a.m. One of the officers was shot while standing outside their squad car.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with the officer and his family at the hospital. She said she believes the officer was targeted. Police spokesman John Elder wouldn’t elaborate, other than to say it was not an unintentional act.
An area near 24th and Fremont Avenues is cordoned off.
Police dogs were seen searching nearby garages and alleys for the suspect. At least three dogs are searching an inner perimeter that spans several blocks for articles of clothing or anything else suspicious.
Ron Edwards, a member of a steering committee recently created by Police Chief Janee Harteau, said efforts in the black community are being made to get the gunman to turn himself in to prevent further violence.
“There is little doubt that an officer was the intended target of this shooting and that this officer just happened to be the one who was there,” Harteau said in a police release.
“This is a reminder to all that every one of our officers face such danger simply because they choose to wear a uniform. They deserve our support and gratitude. We ask for continued prayers for this officer, his family and every officer who is out protecting and serving their communities,” she said.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called the shooting “a cowardly act.”
“We are sparing no effort to apprehend and bring to justice whoever is responsible for it,” she tweeted.
Brandi Olson, who lives in the 2300 block of Fremont Avenue with her mother, husband and two young children, said her mother heard a single gunshot early this morning.
“Generally we really like it here,” she said, adding that her neighbors are all friendly. “But when something like this happens it makes you nervous.”
Nearby resident Derrick Neal wandered over to the scene to see what the commotion was about. Neal was relieved when he saw his 20-year-old brother, who had been in the area visiting a friend, on one of the city buses where police were holding residents whose houses were being cleared in the search for the suspected gunman.
“I’m feeling sad because this is our community. I know a lot of stuff has been happening with black people and police and stuff, but people have gotta grow up,” Neal said.
Meanwhile, K-9 officers were going door-to-door, and clearing houses on the block.
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