Minneapolis Park Police said eight people remained hospitalized Tuesday morning following a late-night shooting Monday at Boom Island Park, adding several of them in critical condition.
Minneapolis Park Police, along with Minneapolis Police Department officers, were called to reports of a shooting at Boom Island Park at 11:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman said the night of July 4, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., the city received more than 1,300 calls through January 9. Huffman notes that’s typical of the number of calls the city receives in an entire day.
Addressing the violence, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said those involved need to face the consequences for their behavior.
“Everybody – whether they’re shooting or setting off fireworks in a residential area, they need to be held accountable,” Frey said. “This type of garbage cannot be accepted in any city, and it’s our duty to make sure it doesn’t happen in Minneapolis here.”
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In an update late Tuesday morning, Park Police said a large group that had been in the park dispersed after the shooting. Officials said many people had already left before police arrived.
In addition, a spokesman for the Park Police said the majority of those injured went to the hospital alone. The spokesman added that the ages and conditions of the injured were not available at this time.
No one is in custody at this time as the shooting occurred as visitors gathered at Boom Island and other parks to celebrate Independence Day.
According to the Minneapolis Park Police, there are not any official events or fireworks at the park or on the river.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 612-230-6550.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and police officials addressed the July 4 violence during a news conference late Tuesday afternoon. Click on the video player below to watch the full press conference.