Minneapolis sees second mass shooting in under 10-Day span; eight injured in latest incident

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – This week, the city of Minneapolis unfortunately saw their second mass shooting incident in under a ten-day span, with reports noting the latest incident left eight victims injured.

According to authorities, eight victims, including six teenage victims, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in shooting that occurred near East Franklin Avenue and Chicago Avenue South on August 20th.

Police officials say the gunfire rang out shortly before 6:00 pm, at which point a Park Police officer contacted dispatch claiming to have heard approximately 30 shots go off in the area.

Upon the arrival of additional officers at the scene, three victims were immediately located, all of whom reportedly suffered gunshot wounds to the legs.

Reportedly a fourth victim approached officers, having suffered a graze wound to the arm.

Within minutes, three additional victims were said to have been admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center, as well as a 16-year-old victim suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen having been admitted to a nearby children’s hospital.

Local reports described the scene as being chaotic at the onset of the incident, which attracted an unruly crowd that resulted in officers from nearby precincts having to respond and requests even being put in to authorize the use of mace if the crowd’s unruliness increased.

While permission was reportedly granted for the use of chemical irritants, there are no reports indicating that responding officers had to resort to using them.

Two at-large suspects were reported as having fled from the scene of the shooting, with authorities describing the suspect vehicle as a 2007 maroon Equinox with license plate DBT690.

During a press conference following the incident, Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara stated that investigators recovered 41 shell casings, consisting of three different calibers.

Investigators believe the shooting was not random, but authorities didn’t provide any additional details to support the aforesaid assertion. As for the victims in the case, police say they were unable to identify/describe the assailants involved.

The August 20th mass shooting comes mere days following a fatal mass shooting that reportedly transpired at a backyard punk rock concert along the 2200 block of 16th Avenue South.

On August 11th, reportedly several adults had gathered at a backyard concert when two unidentified suspects approached the area via a back alley and began firing at the concert attendees.

One victim, identified as 35-year-old Nicholas Trevor Golden, was fatally shot during the incident, whereas six other victims sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds.

Speaking on the incident, local punk rock veteran Venus DeMars emphasized the unprecedented nature of a shooting being carried out at a DIY punk venue, saying, “It is rare. There’s brawls, sometimes you get assholes out there, you know, but not mass shootings.”

No suspects have been arrested or publicly identified in the backyard concert shooting, nor have authorities shared any possible motives behind the incident outside of sharing that one of the victims may have been targeted by the at-large shooters.
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