After 9 p.m. last night, a 19 Bar patron who had been cut off reportedly returned to the bar and opened fire, leaving two injured.
Details about what happened were tweeted out by Critical Minneapolis, the same blog that recently published video of a Green Line train almost hitting a vehicle.
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Just now: Man walked into the 19 Bar and opened fire. 2 shot. Everyone being held inside. #Minneapolis
Police are holding all patrons inside the 19 bar, no one allowed to leave. #Minneapolis-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
This was NOT a BB gun. One of the victims is the manager. @atrupar-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
Report: The shooter is not in custody. He's in the neighborhood.-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
Neither of the two that were shot have life threatening injuries. One shot in leg and one just grazed by bullet. #minneapolis-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
Bullet hole from tonight's shooting. pic.twitter.com/zcrvB657So-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
This is very different from the BB gun shooting at the Saloon on September 29.-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
That version of events has been corroborated by other witnesses and local reporters, some of whom took photos at the scene:
Report: the gunman was a patron who had been cut off at the bar. He threw a punch and was kicked out, then opened fire through the door.-- Critical Minneapolis (@criticalmpls) October 16, 2014
Holy! My friends at 19 bar. They are texting me about a man coming in and shooting people. Cops holding them inside.-- Mike Griffin (@votegriffin) October 16, 2014
These appear to be bullet holes in door at 19 Bar in Minneapolis. Police investigating shooting there. pic.twitter.com/OenB3uyeBI-- Ted Haller (@TedHallerFox9) October 16, 2014
Another shot of 19 Bar with bullet holes. pic.twitter.com/fti6sZVYva-- Ted Haller (@TedHallerFox9) October 16, 2014
The 19 Bar, located in the Loring Park area, is one of Minneapolis's most storied gay bars. It officially became a gay bar more than a half-century ago, making it the city's oldest, and was named one of our top five gay bars in the city back in 2012.
Wednesday night shooting at 19 Bar injures 2... Leaves front door riddled with bullet holes. pic.twitter.com/jCHvjvMlWU-- Bill Keller (@billkellerfox9) October 16, 2014
"It's just a damn fine neighborhood bar whose clientele happens to be men who prefer other men," we wrote. "In recent times it's emerged as the hipster dive bar for gay boys."
Minneapolis police didn't immediately return our message seeking more information on last night's shooting. We'll update this post with the latest when they do.
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Danny Crisafulli, an employee at the neighboring Nicollet Diner, tells us a 19 Bar patron told him that "the general manager and one of his bartenders were escorting someone [outside the bar] who I understand was intoxicated, and once they got him outside he started firing."
Crisafulli says his understanding was that the suspect is a white male who was wearing flip-flops and had a dog with him. He says he doesn't believe the GM or bartender knew who the suspect was or whether he showed up too intoxicated to be served or got drunk at the bar.
"If they escorted him out my guess would be that he was belligerent, because they're very good about just asking people to leave on their own," Crisafulli says.
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Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson John Elder sent us the following statement (based on social media reports, we're pretty sure the time he cites for the shooting is incorrect -- it appears it really happened sometime between 9 and 10 p.m.):
On October 15, 2014 at approximately 11:15 pm, an adult male was kicked out of the Bar19. He left but returned with a firearm and discharged multiple rounds at the entrance of the bar. Two individuals received non-life threatening injuries as a result and were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance.Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.
Minneapolis Police are currently following up on leads generated from the scene.