Gunmen fired a torrent of gunfire in a busy Uptown neighborhood early in Minneapolis, killing one person and wounding 11 others in one of the heaviest shootings in the city in recent memory.
Police said that the 11 survivors were dispersed in hospitals in the area, with “injuries of different levels of severity.” They said that the victim who died was a man, but gave no further details to identify him. All victims were adults.
Nor did they present an impulse to shoot, in which people seemed to shoot at each other.
A police department spokesman said that police reviewed the number of victims overnight – from 8 to 10 and finally, 12 – as the victims were brought to hospitals.
The violence began around 12:37 a.m. when police responded to reports of gunfire during a large gathering of people at 2,900 Hennepin Street, according to police spokesman John Elder. He said that officers arrived to search for multiple victims and learned that others had left in “private cars.”
Several ambulances were called to the scene to take care of the wounded. He said investigators had been assigned to investigate the case, but that no one had been arrested until Sunday morning.
Live Facebook video posted by K.G. Wilson, a longtime peace activist, showed the chaos following the shooting, as passers-by took care of several victims who were sitting on the edge of the popular entertainment district on the south side of town. The scene was flooded with flashing blue and red lights. In one of the footage, a police officer and a bystander were seen transporting a wounded man to a waiting ambulance.
Hours after the shooting, the scene was mostly clear. A man and a woman sat together, flipping over their phones. A group of employees and security guards from a hoban Korean barbecue gathered outside the restaurant, removing shattered glass from two bulletproof windows. .
He said the area, known for its bars and bustling nightlife, has been bustling with activity in the past few nights as several after-hours venues have reopened their doors after months of being under lockdown COVID-19. Hennepin Street is partially closed to accommodate large crowds. Shepherds from Pourhouse Uptown, a nearby bar, remember diving to the ground when the shooting started, without knowing where the gunshots were coming from.
Hours after the shooting, Alyssa Tyson nervously walked out of HCMC while her 23-year-old daughter, Taija, was inside for treatment after being shot twice. Her mother said that one bullet entered her leg and hit the femur, while another tricked her in the arm.
Alyssa Tyson said her daughter, who works as a personal care assistant, came down to Uptown with a male companion who was also injured by a bullet that passed near her spine.
Tyson said she was asleep quickly, after celebrating her birthday the day before, when her son called to say that Tyga was shot. Moments later, another anxious call came, and then another. She said that after putting on some clothes, she rushed to a downtown hospital from her home in the suburbs.
“The young woman who was with my daughter said it was, like 80 rounds,” she said.
She said she was shocked to hear how many people were shot.
“I’m just pretty speechless,” she said. “This is a lot of people’s lives that are about to change, and for one person, this is not birthdays, nor birthdays.”
The shooting was one of several shooting incidents across the city and in total, 19 people were injured by gunfire in that period, according to police.
Criminologists have observed similar patterns in other cities – most recently Baltimore, which has seen a spike in violent crime in the wake of the controversial police murder – and offer a variety of potential explanations, from eroding police legitimacy to officers’ retreat from duties due to the intense public. Backlash to the death of Floyd.
After a murder earlier in the week, MPD spokesman Elder mocked the suggestion that the officers showed less initiative.
“This is an absolute mistake,” he said. “Our officers are still responding to calls, and they are still responding to calls, and the fact that anyone might think there was an order to stop work or some kind of shutdown, that’s an obvious mistake.”
The mass shooting was one of the deadliest shootings in the city’s recent history. Earlier this month, seven people were killed, one of them fatal, when a brawl broke out in a bar north of Minneapolis outside and then escalated into gunfire.