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U.S. police says 2 dead and 8 wounded in early Saturday

Two people were killed and 8 wounded in a shooting in downtown Minneapolis, police said early Saturday.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that two people were standing in a crowded area and got into a verbal confrontation,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement.” Both individuals pulled out guns and began shooting at each other.”

After hearing a gunshot at 1:59 a.m. local time, the statement said officers in the area of the 300 block of N 1st Avenue “encountered an exceptionally chaotic scene.”

Several people were lying on the ground and the officers began treating the wounded.

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Five men and five women were shot, the department said in a series of tweets.

Two of the men died and another man was at a hospital in a “critical condition,” the police statement said. The other seven had non-life-threatening injuries and most were being treated at the Hennepin County Medical Center, police added.

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No arrests were immediately announced.

Police said order had been restored and that a Medical Examiner would release the identity of the victims, along with the nature and cause of death in the days to come.

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