Five people were wounded in separate shootings last night in Minneapolis, the latest in a wave of gun violence plaguing the city, police said.
In the first incident, three people — two men, 28 and 53, and a 14-year-old girl — were shot when they were caught in a dispute between two men outside of the Penn Gas gas station, 2606 Penn Av. N., according to an incident report. All three were taken to North Memorial Medical Center, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting, which happened about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, involved “one guy intentionally shooting at another” and was “not a random act,” said police spokesman John Elder.
The second shooting occurred about 9:11 p.m. at 19 Bar, a popular hangout near the Minneapolis Convention Center, when two men — ages 32 and 26 — were shot by a disgruntled patron, who only minutes before had been kicked out of the club for bringing a dog inside.
Police said the man, who was apparently drunk, became “verbally abusive and refused to leave” after being refused service and was eventually escorted out. Police said that he fired several shots from a handgun into the bar, at 19 15th St. W., striking the two victims.
Both men were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Elder said.
Both shootings are under investigation.