MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Eight people are recovering from gunshot wounds after three separate shootings happened in Minneapolis in the early morning hours after Independence Day.
The Minneapolis Police Department says the shootings happened after bar close early Sunday morning. They do not appear to be random, and no arrests have been made.
The first shooting happened in the heart of downtown, at 4th Street and Hennepin Avenue. The second likely happened at Broadway and 4th Street, and the last one at North 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue.
At 2:07 a.m., officers on foot patrol near 4th Street and Hennepin heard multiple gunshots. They saw a crowd of people running from the area and found two men with gunshot wounds.
Both victims were rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center. One had “very serious” injuries, police say.
About 10 minutes later, police were alerted of another shooting that injured three people.
An officer was at North Memorial Medical Center on an unrelated case when two cars pulled up, carrying the victims: two men and juvenile male. Police say one of the victims had serious injuries.
No one called in the sound of gunfire in this case, but police say a shot-spotter reported activity near Broadway and 4th Street.
Then around 3 a.m., officers heard more gunshots.
This time, it was in the area of North 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue. Police say officers found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds, and both were rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center.
A short time later, a third victim showed up to a North Memorial Medical Center. Police believe that man was also hurt in the 3rd Street shooting.
Of the eight people injured, six suffered non-life-threatening wounds. No names have been released.
Police say it’s not yet clear if any of the shootings were connected.
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call the Minneapolis police tip line at 612-692-8447.