A preliminary investigation shows that two people were standing in a crowded area and arguing verbally. They both drew their guns and began firing, police spokesman John Elder said in a statement.
At 1:59 a.m. on Saturday, officers working at the evening bar near the 300 block of North First Avenue heard a gunshot and ran towards the noise of the gunfire to find “an unusually chaotic scene,” said Elder.
Officers found several people lying on the ground with obvious injuries, possibly gunshots. An adult male has been found dead, Elder said.
As officers sorted the patients, treating the most seriously injured first, they found another dead man with gunshot wounds.
Officers attempted to secure the scene and bring paramedics to the area, but struggled due to the number of people nearby, Elder said. Officers from inside and outside Minneapolis have been summoned to help restore order.
Of the 10 victims shot, five are men and five are women, Elder said. Among the injured, one man is listed in critical condition and the other seven have non-fatal injuries.
Most of the injured were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but some presented to other metro hospitals.
The incident occurred hours after another shootout in the city that left one man dead. Police responding to shots fired at around 8:40 p.m. near 26th Avenue North and Logan Avenue North were dispatched in a two vehicle crash. A man, believed to be in his 20s, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in one of the vehicles, and later died, according to a police statement.
Another man was injured in this incident and was brought to North Memorial Medical Center with gunshot wounds that were not considered life threatening.
“We must unite with a relentless commitment to work on prevention, end gun violence and bring perpetrators to justice,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement.
Police chief Medaria Arradondo issued a statement saying “brazen and senseless acts of gun violence must stop”.
“The perpetrators of these crimes should never find refuge or anonymity in our communities,” said Arradondo. “Police in Minneapolis will continue to rush down the path of danger to save lives, but we need the help of community leaders and residents to stand up and speak out loud and clear that they will not tolerate this either. violence. Our greatest strength is when we all work together to keep our city safe. “
Steve Cramer, chairman of the City Council of Downtown Deputies, said in a statement that “there are too many people in our city today who believe they can act with impunity, the consequences are damned.” .
“Until that changes and our whole community stands up – family members, elected officials, business leaders, community and religious leaders, prosecutors, judges, all of us – enough to say, we can expect this. let this madness continue, ”Cramer said.