Two shot on downtown Minneapolis rooftop early Saturday morning

Updated: July 13, 2019 06:08 PM

Two people were shot on the rooftop of a building on the 800 block of Hennepin Avenue South just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning. 
There was a dispute of some sort, Minneapolis police say, and that's when shots were fired at CRAVE rooftop in downtown Minneapolis. 
According to Minneapolis Police, officers arrived to a chaotic scene with people fleeing the area and used pepper spray to handle the unruly crowd.

"As people were begin evacuated, a number of small skirmishes broke out.  Officers attempted to clear people from the area. they became aggressive with officers,  and in an attempt to get to get emergency medical personnel in, some chemical irritants were used,” said John Elder of the Minneapolis Police Department Saturday afternoon.


Police said the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived. 
Officers were able to evacuate a large number of individuals and found an adult male and an adult female with gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening. Both were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Although the two victims are expected to be OK, police say this is still part of an ongoing problem. The downtown Minneapolis area has seen three homicides since Memorial Day weekend, despite an influx of officers being added to the area. 

“I’ll definitely be having conversations about [staffing realities] and the impact that has right now in terms of public safety,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “Victims have told us and the data shows that when victims feel that there are important cases that are not being investigated or  investigators don't have time, then it erodes public trust. We need more investigators.”

Arradondo plans to ask for a bigger budget and more resources on Wednesday at the city's Public Safety & Emergency Management Committee meeting. It could include adding even more “beat” officers, community and traffic enforcement officers and more investigators.

There is currently no one in custody, and this is an open investigation. 

 “[With] a lot of our gun violence incidents, it is not just one shooter and one victim. We are seeing multiple rounds and multiple victims,” said Arradondo. 

With more victims at every incident, it's driving up violent crime statistics. 

Police say it's still too early to know if there were any lapses in business and restaurant security protocol, but they're looking into seeing if more should have been done.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released a statement to KSTP on Sunday saying: 
“What our city needs now more than anything is solutions. Chief Arradondo and I share a vision for safety city-wide, and I stand firmly beside him in his push to add resources and officers and make Minneapolis a safer - and more just - city.”

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