Minneapolis police say that one person died and five were injured in five separate shootings on Tuesday evening.
The incidents occurred over a six-hour stretch from around 5:40 p.m. onwards, and as of Wednesday morning no arrests have been made.
The fatal shooting happened in the 2100 block of Emerson Avenue North around 11:20 p.m., with police arriving to find two men in their early 20s suffering from gunshot wounds.
Both were taken to local hospitals, with one treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and the other pronounced dead.
The incident is being investigated by the Minneapolis PD homicide unit. It is the 30th homicide in the city this year. There were 48 in total in 2019.
The other shootings reported on Tuesday evening were as follows:
- 5:42 p.m: Woman injured in shooting at East Phillips Park, 2300 block of 17th Avenue South.
- 9:53 p.m: Man in his 20s found with multiple gunshot wounds at 32nd Street East and 2nd Avenue South. Taken to HCMC for surgery.
- 11 p.m: Woman in late 20s arrives at HCMC with non-life-threatening gunshot wound sustained at 10th Street and Hawthorne in downtown.
- 11:42 p.m: Man arrives at HCMC with non-life-threatening gunshot wound, saying he'd been shot "somewhere on the Northside."
Call from community leaders to tackle violence
The latest shootings happened after a group of Black community leaders held a press conference on Tuesday calling on the city council to take action.
FOX 9 reports that leaders believe there's a correlation between the rise in violence since George Floyd's death and the council's call to dismantle Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a new public safety strategy, which would still include peace officers, albeit likely at a significantly reduced level.
Alicia Smith, the executive director of the Corcoran Neighborhood, said: "With these calls to abolish the police and no real substantive plan to follow, those words have led some folks in our communities to believe that they have a sort of open season on their enemies."
There have been similar spikes in gun violence seen in other U.S. cities in recent weeks, including in New York City, Miami, and Chicago.
Note: Some details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.