September 08, 2018 07:54 PM
Two communities are grieving after a violent night in Minneapolis.
A man was killed and three people were injured in a shooting near Washington Avenue North around 11:45 p.m. on Friday. Another man was found dead in his vehicle about three hours earlier in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
There is a growing memorial on 21st Avenue North, right off Washington Avenue North. Family members and friends who stopped by the scene trying to find answers told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they believe their loved one was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to Minneapolis Police, there was a disagreement between people. Another man, who was injured, was located near the scene. Officers said a third man and a woman showed up at local hospitals.
The three victims sustained non-life threatening injuries and are expected to be okay. Police said the suspects fled the scene.
“We would love to stay in Minneapolis but we can’t stay here,” said Kevin Welch, the owner of Boom Island Brewing.
His business is about two doors down from where the shooting happened. Welch closes every night at 9 p.m.
“Stuff gets really bad on this block every single night,” said Welch.
The brewery opened seven years ago, as the owners hoped it would help revitalize the neighborhood.
Welch said violence and crime have been bad for the beer business. This shooting is the final straw.
“It’s only gotten worse, which leaves us no option but to raise some money and move to a different part of town,” Welch said.
On the 1800 block of Riverside Avenue, neighbors and business owners are also shaken up. At about 7:20 p.m. Friday, a vehicle crashed through a fence in a parking lot behind the block.
Police said a man was found dead inside of the vehicle.
“We’re always afraid of things like this happening,” said one neighbor.
She told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she heard five loud gunshots as she walked her dog. She said she noticed about a dozen men loitering in the parking lot in the minutes before the shooting.
“I had just been thinking, are there any cameras on that area? Are they drug dealing? Are they just hanging out? What’s going on?” she said. “That's when I heard the gunshots and ran.”
Police urge anyone with information about the suspects in either shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-tips (8477). Anyone can leave an anonymous tip. People with information that leads to an arrest may receive a reward.
The identities of both victims will be released once the medical examiner has finished their report.
Updated: September 08, 2018 07:54 PM
Created: September 08, 2018 07:00 PM
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