Gunshots that wounded a bystander at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Minneapolis this week led to changes in police patrols. And on Friday they led to the arrest of a suspect, the Police Department announced.
The Tuesday evening shooting a little after 7 p.m. happened at 6th Street and Hennepin Ave. South. As the police chief put it in a statement, "...a fight between two men ended when one pulled out a handgun and fired it. Tragically that round struck a bystander."
The victim remains hospitalized, police say, while the 28-year-old suspect is jailed on suspicion of felony assault and weapons violations.
Tuesday's shooting, combined with other recent gunfire, convinced chief Medaria Arredondo to promise an increased police presence downtown.
Some downtowns may turn into ghost towns when the business day ends, but in Minneapolis a thriving scene of restaurants, theaters, bars, and sports draws crowds to the district.
The president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council told the Star Tribune this week those crowds mean there are more innocent bystanders around to get hit by stray bullets, making gunfire "especially unacceptable" downtown.
Minneapolis' statistics show that citywide the number of people wounded by gunfire so far in 2017 is down from last year. But in the First Precinct, which includes downtown, gunshot wounds are up 71 percent.