Downtown Minneapolis Business Leaders 'Fed Up and Angry' After Shooting

May 14, 2017 10:24 PM

Several downtown business owners said they are "fed up and angry" with Minneapolis city leaders after a Saturday evening shooting.

Minneapolis police said a 31-year-old man is expected to make a full recovery after he was shot in the leg just before 8 p.m. Saturday on South 6th Street between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall. Investigators said several people were detained, but no one has been arrested. They said they did recover a gun, which is now being tested by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to see if it matches the spent ammunition found at the scene.


Investigators said the victim was not the intended target.

RELATED: 1 Injured in Downtown Minneapolis Shooting

Some downtown business leaders told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the timing and location of this latest shooting has them especially concerned for the public's safety, the safety of their employees and the economic vitality of the downtown area.

"This is very troubling and we are -- including the Warehouse District Business Association -- fed up and angry because we feel like city leaders have not responded adequately to our concerns to help end the gun violence in downtown," said Loon Cafe owner Tim Mahoney.

Just a block from the scene of the shooting, the owner of the Pourhouse Bar, Jay Ettinger, shared similar concerns.

"The fact that this happened in the light of day near three popular restaurants and bars where people are eating on patios, walking the street, driving their cars, and the shooter just did not care," Ettinger said. "And that means there is a huge problem down here that city leaders are not taking seriously enough.

"They need mandatory minimum jail sentences, and they need to let police do their jobs down here, because most of these kids causing trouble are repeat offenders as I can tell you. I know some of them have as many as 200 incidents on their rap sheets and they are out walking the streets right now."

The Saturday evening shooting has caused uneasiness among some downtown visitors, as well.

"It is scary, it really is, and it's one of the reasons I do not come downtown very often because you do not know if you are even going to be able to enjoy a nice, safe evening out downtown," said Shakota Hines.

The city did implement extra police patrols in the downtown's First Precinct about two months ahead of the usual summer schedule. And the city just started the Group Violence Intervention project, which is designed to reach out to kids on the street to try and get them on a different life path before they get caught up in trouble and possible criminal activity.


Jay Kolls

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