Police: 'Several' dead in Minneapolis workplace shooting

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Photo Gallery: Police investigate shooting in Minneapolis neighborhood
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MINNEAPOLIS - "Several" people are dead and four are injured after a shooting at a Bryn Mawr neighborhood business, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

Minneapolis police said that they were called to the shooting on Thursday afternoon at about 4 p.m. Police say the shooter is among the dead.

Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson says she can't immediately confirm how many people were killed in the shooting.

Arneson says the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She told members of the media during an evening news conference outside Accent Signage Systems that there are "several victims inside that are dead." Pressed to say how many, Arneson said police still were investigating and refused.

Christine Hill, spokeswoman for Hennepin County Medical Center says the hospital is treating four people, three of which are in critical condition. Those in critical condition are all men.

"There was no specific (protocol) other than our normal routine of stabilizing patients, getting patients in and caring for them the best we can," Hill said.

A neighbor tells KARE 11 that an employee of the business, which makes interior signage, came to his home seeking refuge from the alleged shooter. The person told the neighbor that he watched as his boss and a fellow employee were shot by the gunman.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the shooter, but KARE 11's Jay Olstad spoke with two former employees at Accent. They described the alleged shooter as a guy who kept to himself and was "odd."

The situation started at about 4 p.m. on Thursday with reports of a shooting in the area near Chestnut and Queen Avenue South.

Gov. Mark Dayton released the following statement regarding the shooting.

"I deplore this senseless violence. There is no place for it anywhere in Minnesota. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the innocent people killed or wounded."

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