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Girl among 5 injured in separate Minneapolis shootings

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A 14-year-old girl was among five people injured in two separate shooting incidents in Minneapolis last night, police have confirmed.

The girl, along with two men aged 28 and 53, were shot in a dispute between two men outside Penn Gas gas station, at 2606 Penn Ave. N, at around 7.50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

In a separate incident, two men aged 32 and 26 were injured at 9.10 p.m. when a disgruntled patron opened fire outside Bar 19, Minneapolis' oldest gay bar, FOX 9 reports.

The injuries suffered by all five victims are not life-threatening, but the suspects are at large in both cases.

The incident at the North Minneapolis gas station is said to have involved one person intentionally shooting at another and was not a random act, according to police spokesman John Elder.

It was also confirmed police believe the gunman's intended target was one of the three people injured. The other two injured parties were with the target at the time, police say.

Two of the victims went to North Memorial Medical Center under their own power, while one ran to a nearby residence and called 911.

The shooting at 19 Bar, in Loring Park, is believed to have occurred when a man was thrown out of the bar, only to return with a gun and fire rounds at the entrance of the building, police told WCCO.

Police held everyone inside the bar while they took statements as they attempted to identify the suspect and determine in which direction he escaped. They also plan to study the bar's surveillance footage, according to KARE 11.

Bill Keller, a reporter for FOX 9, tweeted pictures of the scene that appeared to show bullet holes in the bar's front door.

Both men were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, with one reported to have been hit with a bullet, and the other grazed, FOX 9 said.

Gun violence continues

The incidents are another in a line of gun incidents in the city over the summer and fall.

Gun violence is particularly rife in North Minneapolis, with the city police's ShotSpotter statistics consistently identifying this as the area with the most reports of shootings.

Minneapolis Chief of Police Janeé Harteau is under scrutiny for her department's attempts to tackle the issue, and was accused of "too much talk, not enough action" at a recent community forum reported on by KSTP.

Both shootings are under investigation.

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