The Minneapolis Police Department’s Shots Fired map do a good job
showing where shots are fired showing were shots spotter microphones are installed.
It’s a valuable public service to put out this public information, but the sheer number of red circles is a sad commentary on the dangerous state of some Minneapolis neighborhoods.
There are no shot spotter microphones in my neighborhood. Does that mean that there were no shots fired or that there were no shots recorded? It’s hard to say without consistent collection of data across the city.
My issue here is that, yes, there are neighborhoods that have problems with gun violence. But, if you only look for problems in certain neighborhoods, you’re going to create the illusion that those neighborhoods are in worse relative to other neighborhoods than they really are.
That said, the blue stars where someone actually got shot are probably a more accurate reflection of where gun violence is a problem. While shots aren’t recorded consistently, the meeting of a bullet with a body tends to get logged regardless of neighborhood.