Crime, Law and Justice

1 dead, 6 injured after mass shooting at Minneapolis punk show

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The shooting happened on the 2200 block of 16th Avenue South when someone reportedly walked up to the alley and began shooting. MPR News has blurred the address number out of this photo.
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Updated: Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m. | Posted: Aug. 12, 10:48 a.m.

Minneapolis police are looking for the suspects who shot seven people, killing one man, Friday night at a punk rock show.

Police responded to the shooting on the 2200 block of 16th Avenue South around 10 p.m. Early information indicates several adults were at the house venue Nudieland when someone walked up to the alley and began shooting.

“I can’t even conceptualize something like that happening at a punk show,” said Quinn McClurg, who was at the show. “I was making sure all my friends are okay and making sure people are getting the help they needed.”

McClurg said many at the show were LGBTQ+ and there’s concern they may have been targeted.

“I feel very anxious,” McClurg said. “The hardest part is reaching out to folks and telling them, ‘Hey, I just thought you should know I was in a shooting last night like, I’m okay. And I’m safe. But you know, it’s gonna stick with me for a little bit.’ And I’m only going to use it as fuel to like, support my community more and love the people inside it.”

The suspects fled the scene.

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Early information indicates several adults were at the house venue Nudieland on the 2200 block of 16th Avenue South in Minneapolis, pictured Monday.
Kerem Yücel | MPR News

“We believe one of the persons was being targeted by a shooter,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara during a Saturday news conference. “We know two suspects ran from the scene. I can’t confirm there were two shooters, though.”

The man who died at the scene was in his thirties. One other person who was shot sustained life-threatening injuries. Minneapolis police are investigating. Authorities had not identified those who were killed or injured as of Monday morning, but friends and bandmates identified the victim as August Golden.

“He was just a beautiful human who joined our community in the last couple of years to be closer to friends,” said Alex Stillman, who was at the show Friday night and spoke with Cathy Wurzer Monday on Minnesota Now. “I didn't know him before he moved here. But just based on our common interests, and love for this specific DIY ethos and every kind of art that comes along with it, I knew immediately that we would be close friends.”

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will identify the man who died and determine the cause of death. Minneapolis police declined to offer more information Monday morning.

This is a developing news story. Check back for updates.

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