UPDATE: Police say the second shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Elks Club, which was a hosting a reception after the earlier funeral. There were several hundred people in attendance, and witnesses told police that a fight broke out between some of the attendees. Minutes later, gunfire erupted, police and witnesses said. No injuries were reported, police said.
Police also didn't report any injuries in the earlier shooting at New Salem church, which they say happened about 1:33 p.m., although a vehicle was struck by a bullet. "No suspect info or evidence at scene obtained," an incident report read.
ORIGINAL POST: Minneapolis police are investigating a shooting outside New Salem Missionary Baptist Church on the city's North Side after a crowded funeral around midday Friday.
The shooting began around midday on Friday outside the church, at 2507 Bryant Av. North, several blocks west of Farview Park, witnesses said. Witnesses described funeral-goers scurrying for cover as gunshots rang out outside the church.
It was not immediately clear how many shots were fired or whether anyone was hurt. A police spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday afternoon.
In a Facebook post, Rev. Jerry McAfee, the former head of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter, described a hail of gunfire:
"When the shooting started this guy said Rev get behind the tree, I was looking and ducking to see where it was coming from. When I neared the tree and got ready to bow under it, this plus sized woman dove behind it, by the time my body hit the earth she was under me, this guy then jumps on top of me."
More gunfire erupted several hours later at Elks Lodge 106 on the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue., according to witnesses.
The shootings were the latest in a recent surge of violence in north Minneapolis.
One man was killed in an early-morning shooting last week in the Jordan neighborhood last week left three people injured. Police haven't announced any arrests in that slaying.