Shot fired inside Target Center
According to the Pioneer Press, â€śMinneapolis police are looking for a man who allegedly fired a handgun at another spectator in the Target Center stands Saturday night as thousands watched a mixed-martial arts competition.â€?
No one was shot or injured during the incident, which was not a random shooting.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Tammy Dietrich said the suspect, who fled the arena after the shooting, fired one round at the intended victim while the two men were fighting in the seating area. Police have the name of the suspect, and according to the Pioneer Press, officers interviewed the intended victim - a 27-year-old Minneapolis man - at the scene.
The shooting occurred about 10:45 p.m. during a break between bouts at the â€śWorld Fighting Championships - Downtown Throwdown, an event showcasing kickboxing, wrestling and martial arts.
According to the Star Tribune, â€śPolice spokeswoman Sgt. Tammy Diedrich said it is the first shooting inside the Target Center in her 20 years on the force.â€?
The Pioneer Press quotes Sandy Sweetser, Target Center senior director of marketing and event services: â€śThe event resumed after a half-hour delay, Sweetser said, and ended shortly before midnight.
Sweetser also said that off-duty Minneapolis police officers and Target Center in-house security provided security for Saturdayâ€™s event, and spectatorâ€™s bags were checked at the buildingâ€™s entrance, which is a standard policy used before Timberwolves games.