In the wake of a devastating shooting at a popular pop-up backyard music venue, members of the community gathered to mourn and support one another. The incident occurred the previous night at Nudieland, an underground venue located on the 2200 block of 16th Avenue South in Minneapolis. As the investigation unfolds, the community is left grappling with the shock and devastation caused by the targeted shooting.
According to Anthony Taylor-Gouge, a close friend of several attendees, the shooting took place around 10:15 p.m. when dozens of people had gathered in the backyard of Nudieland. Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara confirmed that the shooting appeared to be targeted, with two male suspects fleeing northbound through the alleyway after the incident. Seven people were shot, resulting in one fatality at the scene and another individual remaining in critical condition.
Taylor-Gouge, who was not present during the shooting, expressed his concern for his friends and the shaken community. The tight-knit nature of the venue meant that it was highly likely that everyone knew someone who had been present that night.
In response to the tragedy, community members decided to transform an already planned abortion rights fundraiser into a support event for the shooting victims. The aim was to create a safe space where people could find solace and be surrounded by their community during this difficult time.
To aid the victims and their families, two GoFundMe campaigns have been established, quickly raising tens of thousands of dollars.
As the investigation continues, the Minneapolis Police Department is asking for anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. Police have not yet determined the motive behind the mass shooting.