This past weekend, Cinco de Mayo celebrations were held across the country. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th of each year to celebrate the victory of 4,000 brave Mexicans who fought off the French army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City. This celebration should be filled with fun, family and plenty of delicious food. However, many Cinco de Mayo celebrations end in gang violence.
Take for example, the most recent gang violence at St. Paulâ€™s west side last weekend. According to the Pioneer Press, three teens, two 17-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy were charged in Ramsey County juvenile court for a drive by shooting and crime to benefit a gang. On Saturday, these teens shot another 14 year old in the back and another 17 year old in the leg.
During a Cinco de Mayo celebration that day, confrontation among rival gangs occurred but the police were able to break it up. Within and hour or two later, the gangs were back at it in a nearby quiet residential neighborhood at Mount Hope Avenue and Baker Street around 6:40 p.m. This is when the two young teens were shot.
West St. Paul police were called and stopped a car shortly after the shootings and arrested the juveniles as well as an adult. The adult was released pending further investigation. Minnesota now has the Metro Gang Strike Force involved in the investigation.