‘Tragic And Senseless’:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Minneapolis police are investigating after a shooting in the Uptown area left one person dead and 11 others injured overnight. The incident was one of many reported shootings overnight.
According to police, on Sunday morning at 12:37 a.m., numerous 911 calls reported multiple people shot on the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South.ADVERTISING
There, officers found several people suffering from gunshot wounds. Police say a preliminary investigation has determined that individuals on foot started shooting in the mid-2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South and moved north. People ran from the scene and the suspects also fled.
Police say a total of 12 victims — all adults — suffered gunshot wounds. One of the injured, a man, died at the hospital.
The remaining 11 victims suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police.
No one is in custody at this point. Five detectives have been brought in to investigate.
An initial tweet from Minneapolis police advised the public to avoid the area in Uptown Minneapolis, a commercial district that includes several bars and restaurants. Minnesota began allowing bars and restaurants to reopen with limited service on June 1 after some six weeks of closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Photographs posted to social media showed windows at the Landmark’s Uptown Theater and another storefront shot out.
Screams were audible on a live video posted to Facebook that showed the aftermath at the scene. Small crowds of people gathered, with some crouched over victims lying on the pavement before police officers on bicycles showed up to attend to them. Splatters of blood on the pavement were visible in the video after the victims were taken to local hospitals — some via ambulance and others in private vehicles, according to the police release.
According to witness Fred Hwang, Hoban Korean BBQ manager, he heard anywhere from 25 to 50 gunshots.
“It was definitely more than two people involved,” Hwang said. “It was definitely like a gunfight, a gun shootout. We found bullet shells from three different guns.”
Another witness, Uptown resident Eric Thompson, said he heard bullets “actually whizzing by our heads.”
“So, yeah, we hit the deck, took cover,” Thompson said.
The area is about 3 miles west of the Minneapolis commercial area and neighborhood hit by rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death after being arrested by Minneapolis police.
At a press conference Sunday morning, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the shooting “tragic and senseless.”
“We have seen, unfortunately over the past several months, an uptick in violent crime in Minneapolis,” Arradondo said. “We are certainly doing our best to address that.”
Arradondo says the amount of violence is a public health crisis, and it will take more than just police to address it.
“We’re going to need all stakeholders to step up and be a part of the discussions for solutions,” he said.
Arradondo says despite the senselessness of the shooting, “humanity” was observed at the scene.
“We saw officers and community members rushing in to aid victims, to assist EMS personnel,” Arradondo said. “We saw humanity last night and that truly inspires me. And it says that hope is in this city and will remain in this city. And we have to build on that.”
The Uptown incident was one of multiple shootings reported in the metro overnight:
– A woman was shot after an argument on the 1100 block of Olson Memorial Highway around 9:30 p.m. Saturday
– A man was shot multiple times, suffering life threatening injuries, outside a Crystal bar at about 2 a.m. Sunday
– Adult male critically wounded in shooting near the Minneapolis Police Fourth Precinct building, incident happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday
– Two men arrived at North Memorial Healthcare hospital with non-life threatening injuries at 3:42 a.m. Sunday
Anyone with information in the Uptown shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tips can be submitted electronically.
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