2 injured in rooftop shooting, Minneapolis police investigating
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Police are investigating a shooting that left two people injured early Saturday morning in downtown Minneapolis.
According to police, shortly after 2 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired on the rooftop of a building on the 800 block of Hennepin Avenue South.
Officials say police arrived to "a very chaotic scene" and located a man and a woman, both suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.
A video sent to FOX 9 shows the moments a friend realized he'd been shot.
"We were all just chilling and having a good time, and then the music is over and then a little fight breaks out and then next shots rang out," witness Pierre Lewis said. "So we ran to the elevator and that's when he lifted up his shirt, realized he was hit."
Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said officials are putting together information from numerous witnesses to provide the most accurate suspect information.
The shooting comes after Hennepin County Sheriff's Office increased downtown patrols following a deadly shooting last weekend.
"We will continue to utilize some of the limited resources that we’re fortunate to have," said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.
Arradondo said he's planning talks with city leaders to discuss his recent budget proposal to increase his force.
"I’m asking for both public safety resources - it includes more beat officers, more community outreach officers," he said. "I’ve asked for traffic enforcement team."
He says it's needed due to the city's population growth.
"This is years of time where we have -- in my opinion, we have neglected the resources to the Minneapolis Police Department with the expansion of our population, with the asks that are being constantly being demanded of us."
In a statement, Mayor Jacob Frey said, "What our city needs now more than anything is solutions. Chief Arradondo and I share a vision for safety city-wide, and I stand firmly beside him in his push to add resources and officers and make Minneapolis a safer - and more just - city.”
The investigation into Saturday morning's shooting is ongoing.