Minneapolis, MN – Twelve people were shot early Sunday morning in the Minneapolis business district.
The incident occurred in the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue at around 12:30 a.m., according to Fox News.
Multiple “individuals on foot” opened fire in the area, which has multiple bars and restaurants, according to WEAU.
Video of the aftermath was uploaded to Facebook showing people down and not moving.
One adult male victim was fatally shot, and 11 more people were wounded.
Multiple people shot in area of 2900 block Hennepin S. Please stay away from this area. More info when available— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) June 21, 2020
** SHOOT UPDATE **— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) June 21, 2020
12 people have suffered gunshot wounds in an incident on 2900 block of Hennepin S. 1 adult male died and 11 have no -life-threatening wounds
The motive for the shooting it not known at this time. No suspects are in custody and no suspect information has been released at this time.
The shooting comes amid calls to eliminate law enforcement in Minneapolis and replace police with “community solutions.”
Meanwhile, many city and state lawmakers have denounced the department as a whole.
“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root,” U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar told CNN. “What you can do is rebuild, and so this is our opportunity.”
Omar said that Minneapolis is “committed to dismantling a department that is beyond repair so that the community has the space to come together to reimagine what public safety looks like.”
After plans to disband the MPD were blocked because the city charter requires them to fund the department, the City Council voted to create a “transformative new model” of policing.
The plan involves starting a task force to figure out how police could be replaced by “community solutions” to public safety.
A human rights investigation into the department has also been launched, according to the Star Tribune.
Numerous officers have recently resigned from the department.
Retired Minneapolis Police Officer Mylan Masson said that officers are left wondering why they should bother sticking around.
“They don’t feel appreciated,” Masson, a use-of-force expert, told the Star Tribune. “Everybody hates the police right now. I mean everybody.”
“It’s a stressful job,” Masson added. “Their families are asking, ‘Is it worth it?”
Several of the officers who have quit the department in recent weeks said in their exit interviews that they felt abandoned by City Hall and MPD leaders.
An unknown number of other officers simply walked off the job, MPD Deputy Chief Henry Halvorson suggested in an email to police supervisors in early June, according to the Star Tribune.
“I have heard secondhand information that there have been employees that have advised their supervisors that they separated with the city [or quit] without completing paperwork,” Chief Halvorson wrote. “We need to have the process completed to ensure that we know who is continuing to work.”
MPD spokesperson John Elder said that the department isn’t worried about the number of officers it has lost so far.
“There’s nothing that leads us to believe that at this point the numbers are so great that it’s going to be problematic,” Elder told the Star Tribune. “People seek to leave employment for a myriad [of] reasons — the MPD is no exception.”
Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Executive Director Andy Skoogman said he is concerned about the uphill battle to recruit and retain future officers.
Low pay, high turnover rates and a negative attitude towards law enforcement has resulted in a 25 percent drop in the number of police applicants throughout the nation, the Star Tribune reported.
“Perhaps it’s an opportunity to bring in new blood and new people, but I worry that there simply aren’t the candidates out there” to fill the gaps, Skoogman told the Star Tribune.