MINNEAPOLIS — Police say they responded to a report of shots fired on the rooftop of Crave in downtown Minneapolis around 2 a.m. on Saturday - in which a man and a woman were injured with gunshot wounds.
Officers say they arrived to a very chaotic scene with people fleeing the area, and were able to evacuate a large number of individuals. They say officers used mace during the incident.
"The cops responded very quickly," a witness said. "However they didn't know who was a threat. They pepper sprayed a lot of people."
"In an attempt to get a medical emergency medical personnel in, some chemical irritant was used to move the crowds along," MPD spokesperson John Elder said.
Both victims were rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance and are expected to survive their injuries.
The suspect had reportedly fled the scene, and police say no one is in custody.
Police gave a press statement regarding the incident around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and also discussed the summer safety initiatives they are employing.
In the past 30 days, Minneapolis police report that they've had 11 calls for shots fired in the Downtown West neighborhood. This shooting marks the 4th incident in the same area in the past month.
In MPD's first precinct, year-to-date violent crimes numbers are up by 75 incidents, a nearly 22 percent increase from last year's numbers.
"A lot of our gun violence incidents, it is not just one shooter, one victim, we're seeing multiple rounds and multiple victims in many of these incidents," Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said. "That in and of itself, those numbers alone, will drive up the crime, which also means there's also going to need to be a more robust response from public safety."
The shooting remains an active investigation, and police have released no further information.