Minneapolis shooting on July 4 as several people were shot: reports
Five people were shot overnight as revelers gathered to watch the last of the fireworks at the end of the July 4 holiday at a Minneapolis park, according to unconfirmed reports.
Unofficial resident-led groups that monitor crime and policing in the area said a shooting broke out at Boom Island Park in Minnesota before midnight.
One of those injured is believed to be a woman who was shot in the neck.
Newsweek spoke with the Minnesota Police Department‘s public information officer, who is seeking confirmation and additional details about the allegations.
Crime monitoring group MN Crime, which describes itself as “a multimedia public safety information network” that uses scanners to monitor the audio dispatch of emergency service crews, tweeted: “MINNEAPOLIS: Boom Island Park shooting report – Officers are now on the scene with a woman who suffered a gunshot wound to her right arm.
“A male victim arrived at HCMC [Hennepin County Medical Center], who was allegedly struck at Boom Island while watching fireworks. Officers found casings in the parking lot. The suspect vehicle is a silver truck, plate or direction unknown.
“Police have located a third victim linked to the shootings on Boom Island. – A fourth victim who has just arrived at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is also believed to be linked.
“Two other gunshot victims who arrived at North Memorial and may be linked to Boom Island. Officers have been dispatched to interview them.”
Similar reports have also been posted online by the 2nd Pct Minneapolis Crime Watch & Information volunteer group monitoring public safety in the city.
The group, which describes itself as a medical company, wrote on Facebook: “Report of a shooting at Boom Island Park. Development. 11:31 p.m. Police arrived, black woman shot in the arm. Another male victim , injury unknown Possibly a third victim Police found shell casings Police located the third victim near Plymouth Ave near Hall Island Park.
“A silver or gray SUV is the suspect vehicle and it was doing donuts in the parking lot before the shots were fired. Police found 0.45mm, 9mm and live ammunition everywhere. Gunshot victims have come forward in Abbott and HCMC Sounds like 5 total casualties so far The victim in Abbott is a Somali woman who was shot in the neck She is being transported to HCMC.
Boom Island Park is a waterfront park along the Mississippi River that offers pretty views of the city skyline and contains a playground, boat dock, and walking and biking trails.
There were no official fireworks in the park last night, but locals sometimes gather to watch fireworks go off elsewhere due to the stunning views.
Reports of gun violence overnight come after a bloody Independence Day weekend following the mass shooting at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois that left six dead and dozens injured. Police have arrested Robert Crimo, 22, as part of their ongoing investigation.