MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Seven people were injured in a shooting at the intersection of West Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis overnight.
The shooting occurred around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson John Elder said the preliminary investigation indicates two people were shooting at each other outside a business in the area, and numerous people were injured in the gunfire.
Officers arrived to find a "very chaotic scene" and at least three people who had been shot. They later learned four victims had shown up at two different hospitals with gunshot wounds stemming from the same incident.
Of the seven people injured, one is in critical condition, five are in serious condition and one is in good condition, Elder said.
Side Chick Restaurant confirmed employee Mykia Carpenter was among those hospitalized. The restaurant will remain closed until Monday, Aug. 30.
"Minneapolis is home," read a statement from Side Chick Restaurant. "We have watched the prolific amount of violence escalate with the same concern as all our neighbors. We always want to be a part of any solution to make our city’s entertainment venues safe and crime free."
According to a social media post by North High School, Carpenter was leaving work when she was shot. According to Side Chick, after reviewing surveillance footage, authorities determined the shots came from across the street of the restaurant or from a drive-by.
"It is a tragedy any time people choose to solve disagreements with gunfire," read a statement from Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender. "Our community must continue to invest in every possible tool to interrupt and prevent gun violence."
Investigators are working to determine whether any of the victims were suspects, intended targets or innocent bystanders.
Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip electronically at CrimeStoppersMN.org. All tips are anonymous.