Gunmen sprayed bullets in a busy block in the center of Minneapolis’ Uptown area early on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 11 others in one of the city’s most violent shootings in recent times.
The gunfire sent horrified bar patrons and fun seekers in the area jumping for shelter. That particular area received some activity after weeks of COVID-19 closures, diving for cover, uncertain of the grim situation that was unfolding. Bystanders and police officers rushed to help the wounded and to get people to safety.
One man was killed, police sources said. Family and friends identified him on social media as Cody C. Pollard, 27, a father of two small children and a talented barber called Cody Loc by friends. The 11 survivors, all adults, went to different hospitals nearby with wounds of varying severity, but all were expected to survive.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the carnage “tragic and senseless” and said the FBI and state agencies will assist his department as it deals with the recent surge in shootings around the city.
“We have seen unfortunately in the past several months an uptick in violent crime in Minneapolis, and we are certainly doing our best to address that,” the chief said. “This is going to take more than just the Minneapolis Police Department. The numbers we are seeing are truly … a public health crisis.”
FBI spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed that the FBI is in close communication with Minneapolis police, “assessing what assets we can bring to bear here.”
Sources from the startribune.com reveal that Arradondo has stated that police “absolutely do have several leads” on suspects, but no arrests had been announced by Sunday night. He also said the overnight carnage had no connection to the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody, which prompted violent protests in the days that followed.
Mayor Jacob Frey said the fresh violence “only compounds our grief” over Floyd’s death.
“The lawlessness serves no purpose and it won’t be tolerated,” he said. “Local residents deserve better.”
Frey called the recent shootings “totally a distraction from the work we need on the structural police reforms we need to do.”
“First, we can bring significant intelligence and investigative tools to this particular shooting, as well as provide additional tools and resources in the coming days and weeks,” he said.