A first tweet from Minneapolis police advised the public to avoid the area Uptown Minneapolis, a commercial area that includes several bars and restaurants. Minnesota began allowing bars and restaurants to reopen with limited service on June 1 after about six weeks of closure due to the sars coronavirus pandemic.
The photos posted to social media showed the windows, the Landmark, the Uptown Theatre, and another showcase shot.
The spokesman said that the shooting started in the middle of the 2900 block of Hennepin and continues until the end of the block; the windows of a shoe store, and the Uptown Theatre, were apparently shot to death. pic.twitter.com/A5AIw2zgLi
The screams were heard on a live video released on Facebook, which showed the result of the scene. Small crowd of people gathered, with some crouching on the victims lying on the sidewalk before police officers on bicycles showed up to take care of them. Splashes of blood on the sidewalk were visible in the video after the victims were taken to local hospitals — one by ambulance and others in private vehicles, according to the police release.
The area is about five kilometres to the west of Minneapolis commercial area and the area affected by demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd, May 25, to death after being arrested by Minneapolis police.
Floyd’s death has sparked a movement to overhaul the Police Department of Minneapolis, with a majority of the members of the city Council committing to the dismantling of a department that many community activists have called brutal and racist. It is prompted pushback from opponents who question the way in which the citizens will be protected against violent crimes. Even the most aggressive proponents of change have recognized that it is many months and they are not sure of what it will look like.
The injured were all adults, the police press release. The identity of the victims will be released by the Hennepin County medical Examiner’s Office.