MINNEAPOLIS - Violence erupted at bar close in downtown Minneapolis early Monday with two separate shootings and a stabbing all taking place within 20 minutes of each other.
Police say the chaos started just as bars were closing around 2 a.m. Squads were first dispatched to a scene near the corner of Hennepin Avenue and South 5th Street. Officers discovered a man had been man shot in the back, and a woman hit by a bullet in the hip. The woman was rushed into surgery and is reported in serious condition. The man is expected to recover.
An off-duty officer spotted the suspect and engaged in a foot chase. The alleged gunman was caught in a nearby parking lot and a weapon recovered. He is being held in the Hennepin County Jail awaiting charges.
Just minutes later police responded to a 911 call about a stabbing on the 100 block of First Avenue, outside Aqua Dance Club. They found a woman suffering from non-life threatening injuries. There is no suspect in custody so far in that case.
At 2:20 a.m. officers were called to another shooting scene on North 5th Street near Cowboy Jacks. Police say a man was grazed in the head by a bullet and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. They are still looking for a suspect in that case as well.
Despite the mayhem that unfolded, a Minneapolis Police spokesman insists that downtown is safe, pointing to a heavy police presence to deter violent incidents and respond quickly if crime does occur.