BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (WCCO) — Latrissa Favorite was making a coffee run at this busy Brooklyn Center strip mall when she heard shouting.
“It was absolutely crazy,” Favorite said. “I just hear the police screaming ‘Get down! Get down!’.”
Around the corner, shots were being fired in the Foot Locker parking lot. Multiple agencies–including the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office–quickly responded.
“There was some kind of shoe sale going on,” Brooklyn Center Commander Garett Flesland said.
A shoe sale involving the release of a new pair of Nike Air Jordans. A large crowd of people had shown up to get their hands on them.
“There was a little altercation over the shoes about someone in line. It was a lot of commotion. I don’t know who was shooting, but somebody started shooting like six times,” said Latoya Sims, Brooklyn Park.
Police marked more than a dozen casings on the ground following the shooting. Two people were injured.
“They were conscious and talking with the officers, paramedics. The word I have is non-life threatening at this point,” Flesland said.
Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident and that there is no risk to public safety. But for members of the community, the impact is greater.
“It makes you sad for the people, and the mentality and the mind frame that we have to kill somebody, that nobody’s life is valued anymore. It’s sad,” Favorite said.
Police do not currently have anyone in custody. They said they have several witnesses they are interviewing to piece this together.