Minneapolis police responded to two separate shootings early Saturday that left two people hospitalized.

About 2 a.m. Saturday, a large crowd of people was leaving downtown bars when gunshots rang out at 1st Avenue N. and 3rd Street, outside the Karma Nightclub. Police stationed nearby responded to the scene, and found one man, Jamaal Dionte Brown, 23, of Minneapolis wounded. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.

No arrests were made in connection to the shooting, but police said the gunman was likely firing at adversaries nearby and not randomly into the crowd.

In a statement, police said the Warehouse District is safe for the thousands of people who flock to the entertainment area every night. Police heavily patrol the area and in the last year, the downtown region saw a 7 percent drop in violent crime. However, police have been called continually to the Karma Nightclub, and police said they'll work with the city to remedy issues continuing with the bar.

About 15 minutes before the downtown shooting, Minneapolis officers responded to another shooting, this one a mile north of downtown.

Two people were shot at the Old Colony gas station at 1624 Washington Av. N., said police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty.

One person who was shot in the neck was taken to HCMC and was in stable condition. The other victim was not seriously injured.

In July 2010, three men were shot near the Old Colony station, one of them fatally.

Both of Saturday's shootings remain under investigation.

KELLY SMITH