Minneapolis reeled anew at another outbreak of carnage Saturday after three people were killed in overnight shootings, two of them at a downtown nightclub where eight others were also wounded.
The gunfire, which erupted about 2 a.m. outside the Monarch nightclub at 322 N. 1st Av., came just a few hours after an unrelated fatal shooting in north Minneapolis. The night’s three deaths brought the city’s 2021 homicide toll to 31.
Late Saturday evening, police spokesman John Elder said that a 23-year-old Bloomington man has been arrested and booked on probable cause murder charges in the Monarch shooting. He was one of two shooters at the scene, Elder said. The other was one of the victims.
The bloodshed came as a loosening of pandemic restrictions and warmer weather drew crowds back to restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, and in a city that has debated defunding or reforming the city’s Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death a year ago Tuesday. And it brought an outpouring of condemnation and frustration from city leaders and others.