MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Violence erupted in downtown Minneapolis early Monday morning, sending four people to area hospitals.
Two people were shot, and two others were stabbed in incidents that do not appear to be related.
According to police, the overnight violence came right after bar closing, when more than a thousand young people were in the street after an 18-and-up concert by rapper Rich Homie Quan at the Epic Entertainment Events Center at 110 N. 5th St.
The first shooting took place outside Sex World, in the 200 block of 2nd Avenue North around 2:15 in the morning. A 23-year-old woman was shot in the leg.
Five minutes later and two blocks away, a man was stabbed in the back while in the middle of the street in the 400 block of 1st Avenue North.
Twenty minutes after the stabbing, a man was shot in the arm inside the lobby of Parking Ramp B, right next to Target Field.
Minutes later, a juvenile was stabbed while riding his bike on the sidewalk near 5th street and Hennepin Avenue South.
Minneapolis Downtown Council‘s Interim CEO Betsy Buckley says there is a lot of money and energy invested in downtown, and people should feel safe when exploring all it has to offer.
“We want downtown to be compelling and vibrant,” Buckley said. “We have some amazing safety programs that are first of their kind in the country, a powerful Minneapolis Police Department. And my encouragement is that if you see something that isn’t right, pick up the phone and call their tip line.”
From the Downtown Improvement District workers, to the eyes and ears of people who enjoy the area, Buckley says it takes everyone to keep the area safe.
“We got to keep our antenna up as we’re committed to in terms of having a focus on safety,” Buckley said.
Steve Baker, manager of Cowboy Jack’s, now closes at 1 a.m. to avoid the 2 a.m. crowds.