by Peter Fleck
Aggregating some links about the homicides last night in Seward. There are many other stories. Please add them to the comments.
Seward Neighbors Forum has several threads going about the shooting
. Check “Latest Topics.”
Police have been saying that the 911 call reported a robbery. I think I was the only 911 call and I didn’t report a robbery. I immediately said there was a shooting and there were bodies. Maybe robbery got reported first by 911 dispatch because she just thought it must be a robbery.
From MPR link quoted above:
A woman at the scene… said she was buying some things at the market when she saw three men speaking Somali enter the store. According to local residents who translated, [she] said one of the workers suddenly grew shaky.
He told her he had suspicions about the men and went to talk to them. [She] said she left the store and only later learned about the shooting.
I’ve been wondering about the robbery motive. It just didn’t fit from what I saw when I was at the scene last night. This quote from MPR also makes it sound like something more. Then today, I heard that Minneapolis Police are pretty sure this was not a robbery. (Sorry, not sourcing that one but I trust the source.)
MPR also reported in the story that there had been “signs of trouble at the Seward Market” with “the front door… repeatedly smashed and boarded up over the past few years.” I also noticed recently that they had done some reinforcing of the front windows.