Police said the person who died was a man but did not identify him. Ambulances and private cars took the other victims to hospitals for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
No arrests have been made, though police said they are pursuing several leads.
During a morning news conference, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the shooting “senseless,” part of an uptick in violent crime seen in the city over the past few months.
“This is going to take more than just the Minneapolis Police Department,” he said. “The numbers that we are seeing are truly — it’s a public health crisis."
The shooting unfolded about three miles from the corner store where on May 25 a Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, killing him and setting off protests and unrest that spread across the nation. Arradondo said there was no indication the violence in Uptown was connected to Floyd’s killing.
“There was an individual there who showed up and decided to cause harm by firing off a weapon,” the chief said. “So I certainly do not want to disrespect Mr. Floyd’s death and have there be any connection to that.”
He said he had spoken to local FBI officials, who will assist the police force in responding to the city’s increased gun violence, which includes more than 90 people shot since May 26, according to the Star Tribune. Arradondo said Mayor Jacob Frey (D) could consider imposing a curfew, as he did following Floyd’s killing, but he seemed to question the effectiveness of such a step.
“A curfew doesn’t stop an individual from wanting to put a gun in their hands and cause harm to a community,” he said.
The Uptown shooting was reported at 12:37 a.m., with police receiving 911 calls.
In an initial tweet about the incident, the Minneapolis Police Department warned the public to stay away from the scene, near the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South. The trendy area buzzes with bars and restaurants, which had started reopening after shutdown orders aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus were eased in recent days.
The shooters, described only as “individuals on foot,” opened fire on Hennepin Avenue South before heading north, police said in a news release. In the commotion that followed, people scattered, and the gunmen took off.
“Pray, pray, pray,” Wilson could be heard saying. “Don’t let them die, God.”
Describing what he’d witnessed, he said: “Everybody was having a good time, man. I don’t know, somebody just snapped out.”
The video showed officers and others at the scene carrying at least four people away as police lights flashed and ambulances arrived, sirens wailing. In the aftermath, blood could be seen on the sidewalk, along with broken glass and scattered hats and shoes.