Two people were killed and eight injured in an overnight shootout in downtown Minneapolis, according to police.
A preliminary investigation shows that two people were standing in a crowded area and got into a verbal fight. They pulled out guns and started shooting, spokesman John Elder said in a statement.
At 1:59 a.m. Saturday, officers working the evening bar close in the vicinity of the 300 block of North 1st Avenue heard a gunshot and ran towards the sound of gunfire to find “an exceptionally chaotic scene,” Elder said.
Officers found several people lying on the ground with obvious wounds, likely from gunshots. An adult male was found dead, Elder said.
As officers triaged patients, treating those most severely injured first, they found another man dead with a gunshot wound.
Officers attempted to secure the scene and get paramedics into the area but had difficulty due to the number of people nearby, Elder said. Officers from inside and outside Minneapolis were summoned to help restore order.
Of the 10 victims shot, preliminary information shows all are adults. Five are men, five are women, Elder said. Of the injured, one man is listed in critical condition and the remaining seven have non-life-threatening injuries.
Most of the injured are were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, but some showed up at other hospitals across the metro.
Seven police homicide detectives are working the case.
The Hennepin County medical examiner will release the identity of the victims, along with the nature and cause of death in the days to come.