A man shot on Minneapolis' South Side early Thursday died at a hospital a few hours later as police searched for his killer, according to officials.

The shooting occurred under unknown circumstances in the 3500 block of Chicago Avenue, in the Central neighborhood. The location is several blocks north of where George Floyd was killed three months ago, but officials don't believe that Thursday's homicide had anything to do with the memorial site.

The victim's identity hasn't been released, but he is thought to be in his late 20s.

Police were called about 4 a.m. Thursday after the area's ShotSpotter network detected gunfire nearby, but officers didn't immediately find a victim. They did see a vehicle speeding from the scene, which was carrying the victim to a hospital. He died there a few hours later, officials said.

Neighbors described a scene of rapid gunfire and confusion. One resident, Emily, who declined to use her last name out of fear for her safety, said she was awakened by gunshots around 4 a.m., followed by the sound of approaching sirens. "To me it sounded like multiple guns — it wasn't just a pop, pop, pop, it was multiple pops all at once," she recalled. "Then I heard maybe 10 more shots or something like that."

She said she loves her "incredibly diverse" community but worries about rising gun violence. "It's very painful that many of us don't feel safe and don't have a better system at this point for keeping our neighborhood safe," she said. "I wish that measures to change policing were happening simultaneously with measures to reduce gun violence."

The slaying was Minneapolis' fourth homicide this week and the 53rd homicide overall this year.

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