There was a massive law enforcement response to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis Saturday night following an initial report that a gun had been fired in the concourse during the final game of the Minnesota State High School League boys basketball tournament finals.
Police eventually determined that no shots had been fired but said a fight had occurred in the concourse before 9 p.m.
Crime Watch Minneapolis obtained a brief video clip that appears to show eight to 12 people stomping on one person already on the ground.
The information about possible shots fired was aired by an off-duty officer on site who called out over the radio that there was a report that someone had fired a gun in the main concourse, and he called for help to respond, according to dispatch audio at the time. It was not made clear through the dispatches who made the report to the officer about the gun and shots fired.
In a statement later issued by the Minneapolis Police Department, no information was made available about what may have led to the altercation, and MPD offered no details on whether any suspects had been identified or arrested in the assault. No information was made available about the apparent victim who was the subject of the attack.
A fight did occur inside the concourse. It is under control.
MPD and other law enforcement partners remain inside the Target Center, in the skyways, and on the exterior of the Target Center.
The streets on the exterior of the Target Center have closed.
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) March 26, 2023
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) also released a statement recapping the series of events and confirming that a “physical altercation” had occurred between spectators. The MSHSL did not indicate whether any of the participants were school students.
Statement from the Minnesota State High School League pic.twitter.com/eMu4K0bI7Y
— Minnesota State High School League (@MSHSL) March 26, 2023
Alpha News will continue to follow developments in this story and monitor whether any of the assault perpetrators are identified or charged.
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