2 dead, 8 injured in downtown Minneapolis shooting: police – fr

2 dead, 8 injured in downtown Minneapolis shooting: police – fr

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Two people were killed and eight others were injured, including one seriously, in a shootout in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday, police said.

Police spokesman John Elder said the shots came from two men in a crowd who argued near the Monarch nightclub, pulled out guns and started shooting, KMSP-TV reported .

No arrests were immediately announced.

Five men and five women were shot dead, the police department said in a series of tweets. Two of the men died and another was hospitalized in critical condition, police said. The other seven had injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.

It wasn’t the only shooting in the city overnight, the Star Tribune reported. Five people were shot dead in separate incidents. One of them later died.

The latest deaths brought the city’s homicide total to 31 for 2021.

“Last night brought tragic news again,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement on Saturday. “Once again, our collective conscience is shocked.”

“These results are not fatal,” he said. “We can stem crime in our city, but it will take all of us together with a renewed commitment to prevention work and a joint resolution to end gun violence and bring perpetrators to justice.”

Frey and other city leaders have come under pressure to reform the city’s police department and promote racial justice and healing since the death of George Floyd almost a year ago. The black man died after Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck and pinned him to the ground for about 9 and a half minutes.

Floyd’s death led to protests in Minneapolis and across the country calling for police reform and an end to discrimination by officers.

Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter, and three other officers are awaiting trial for aiding and abetting. The four also face federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights, and the police department is at the center of federal and state investigations into his practices.

Frey’s proposals include prioritizing funding for more cameras in high crime areas, and he wants to address disparities in traffic stops by pledging to stop stops for low level offenses, like a traffic light. rear broken.


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