Five people shot in north Minneapolis

Police: "This is an anomaly"

Laura Oakes
November 01, 2018 - 7:17 pm

Minneapolis police are investigating after they say five people were shot on the city's north side today.

 MPD spokesman John Elder says officers responded to a shot-spotter activation on the 3400-block of Girard Avenue North around 4:45 this afternoon, where they found four people with gunshot wounds. One other had taken himself to the hospital. 

Elder says one of the victims appears to have life-threatening injuries. All are adult males and are being treated at North Memorial Medical Center. Elder says the incident began with a verbal altercation on the street and escalated into shots being fired. He says they haven't had a call like this in some time.

"This is an anomaly. This has not happened. And we have really had some very serious, double-digit reductions in violent crime across the City of Minneapolis," said Elder. 

Elder says police are in the neighborhood this evening gathering information. 

"Our crime lab is out at the scene processing and collecting evidence for later analysis. Investigators and officers are interviewing a number of people and canvassing the area for people who may have seen or heard something, and looking for video as well."

There are no suspects in custody. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 911.