Two men injured in a Minneapolis shooting early Saturday morning were identified as University of Minnesota swimmers, according to a statement from the university’s athletic department. The university is not naming the two men.
According to the statement, two members of the men’s swimming team were downtown Minneapolis last weekend when they were struck by stray gunfire.
“The individuals had recently ordered a pizza and were waiting on a ride home when the incident occurred,” the statement said. “They received treatment at a local hospital and were released. Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and head coach Kelly Kremer have communicated with both student-athletes and they are recovering.”
About 1:20 a.m. Saturday, Minneapolis police in 13 squad cars were sent to the scene at N. 2nd Avenue and N. 3rd Street after patrol officers heard shots. When they arrived, police found two 21-year-old men with gunshot wounds — one to the knee, the other to the elbow.
Both were taken to HCMC for treatment. The men told police they were sitting on a curb when someone started shooting.
Police, citing witnesses, said the gunfire was preceded by an altercation at a nearby restaurant.
The incident was one of three unrelated shootings in three hours early Saturday that left one man dead and four others wounded.
Police were forced to pull squad cars from every precinct to handle the flood of calls.