- The local police believe that more than one person was involved in the attacks
- Hennepin Avenue was previously one of the places subjected to looting and destruction in the course of subsequent riots.
- No evidence was found that would link the events of Sunday to the anti-racist movements.
Minneapolis police have confirmed a shootout in the city early Sunday which left one man dead and 11 others wounded. All the injured are adults, and the injuries that they sustained are considered as not dangerous to their lives. The reasons that led to the shooting haven’t been established yet.
The local police believe that more than one person was involved in the attacks.The attack took place at around 12:30 AM, local time, in front of a restaurant on Hennepin Avenue, an area characterized by the presence of many commercial activities of various kinds.
The manager of the Hoban Korean BBQ, Fred Hwang, said he had heard many gunshots from the street near his restaurant, and that there seemed to be two groups shooting at each other. Subsequently, a number of people on the street poured into the restaurant in search of refuge, but the bullets also hit inside. According to Hwang, the shooting occurred between two distinct groups of people, and to confirm this, shells belonging to at least three different types of bullets were recovered.
The shooting took place 5 km west of the area in which demonstrations were held against the killing of George Floyd, an African-American citizen, by a white former police officer on May 25. According to reports from CNN, Hennepin Avenue was previously one of the places subjected to looting and destruction in the course of subsequent riots.
Protests against Floyd’s murder— both peaceful and destructive— spread to various states of the United States and many other countries in various parts of the world. According to some accounts, the protests became chaotic and messy after they were infiltrated by violent groups among the population.
Overall, Minneapolis protesters called for equal treatment for all American citizens, their skin color notwithstanding, and called on the authorities to ensure justice is done in Floyd’s case. Members of the city council proposed the dismantling of the city police department, which was defined as racist by local activists.
However, the suggestion was rejected by the opposition, which argues that such a measure would result in a lack of protection from violent crimes in the area. Floyd had been arrested by local police on May 25 because he was suspected of using a fake $20 bill.
A video recorded by some passers-by showed one of the four police officers present on the spot, Derek Chauvin, squeezing his knee on the suspect’s neck for over 8 minutes until he lost consciousness. His colleagues merely watched, unperturbed. Subsequently, Floyd was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Despite Minneapolis being the city from which protests originated, in the global Black Lives Matter movement, no evidence was found that would link the events of Sunday to the anti-racist movements.