Two men were killed and eight others were wounded in downtown Minneapolis shootings on Saturday morning, according to police.
The shootings broke out at 1:59 a.m. on the 300 block of N. 1st Avenue after “two people were standing in a crowded area and got into a verbal confrontation,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement to KARE-TV in Minneapolis. “Both individuals pulled out guns and began shooting at each other.”
Order has since been restored to the scene and surrounding areas, and there is no active threat, the MPD said in in series of tweets.
The victims were all adults, five male and five female, MPD tweeted. Among the eight injured, one was a male in critical condition, and seven others were at area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.
Police spokesman John Elder told the Pioneer Press that officers were working downtown for the evening bar close when they heard a gun shot and ran toward “an exceptionally chaotic scene.”
According to Elder, a number of people were lying on the ground with what seemed to be bullet wounds, and officers trying to secure the scene were hampered by the large number of people fleeing in the area. Officers from outside the city were called up to help maintain order.
The investigation was being investigated by seven police murder investigators, and the MPD has retrieved evidence from the scene. In the coming days, the Hennepin County medical examiner will announce the identities of the deceased victims as well as the cause of their deaths.