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Seven wounded in Boom Island shooting amid chaotic July 4 in Minneapolis

Plus: Minnesota House Democrats admit they stayed quiet about edibles bill to improve odds of passage; Guthrie, Illusion theaters cancel shows due to COVID; local chef Justin Sutherland injured in weekend boating accident; and more.

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KSTP-TV’s Callan Grey reports: “A chaotic end to the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Minneapolis has city leaders and residents calling for order. Minneapolis Park Police say seven people were wounded Tuesday morning after a shooting late Monday evening at Boom Island. Meanwhile, downtown Minneapolis was a scene of chaos throughout the evening, with fireworks being launched from cars, endangering pedestrians and drivers in the vicinity. Interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman said the city received over 1,300 911 calls from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., noting Minneapolis typically fields that many emergency calls in an entire day. She said some officers had fireworks aimed at them while responding to various complaints.”

Related: Paul Walsh writes in the Star Tribune: “City and police administration first acknowledged the violence at a news conference late Tuesday afternoon, when Mayor Jacob Frey said: ‘This is conduct that should not be acceptable in any city. The kind of violence, the recklessness — and in some cases idiot behavior — that we saw shouldn’t be tolerated. And let me be clear, it will not be tolerated.’ …Interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman said, ‘This was an extremely challenging situation with a very large and hostile crowd [downtown]. People were shooting commercial-grade fireworks at first responders.’”

Also in the Star Tribune, Ryan Faircloth writes: Democrats in the Minnesota House stayed quiet about their bill to legalize edibles containing certain amounts of THC — the cannabis ingredient that gets people high — to give it a better chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said Tuesday. The strategy paid off — the bill was approved by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Tim Walz and became law Friday. Minnesotans 21 or older can now buy edibles and beverages that contain no more than 5 milligrams of THC per serving and 50 milligrams per package. … ‘It was done publicly. We just didn’t promote it because sometimes having more public attention amps up the level of political pressure that certain people in the other party may feel.’”

FOX 9 reports: “Search efforts for a missing 6-year-old Minnesota girl continued on Tuesday, with investigators now searching areas along the Mississippi River in Stearns County, two hours away from her Northfield home. In a briefing on Tuesday afternoon, police say crews are searching Mississippi River County Park near Rice, Minnesota after items belonging to six-year-old Elle Ragin and her mother Lisa Wade were discovered. Ragin was reported missing over the weekend after her mother was found dead inside their home on Maple Brook Court in Northfield from a suspected suicide. Since the discovery of her mother’s body, police have searched the home and areas nearby without any luck. Elle remains missing as of Tuesday afternoon.”

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Also in the Star Tribune, Chris Hewitt writes: “The Guthrie Theater, which performed ‘Emma’ last weekend with at least two of 10 roles acted by understudies, canceled four shows scheduled Tuesday through Thursday ‘as a result of multiple COVID-19 cases within members of the cast and crew.’ Illusion Theater, which had planned to open Carlyle Brown’s ‘The History of Religion’ Friday, has canceled this weekend’s shows, delaying opening night to July 15.”

KARE 11’s Alexandra Simon reports: “Local restaurateur and chef Justin Sutherland is recovering after a boating accident, according to a post on his Instagram page. The accident happened on July 3, but Sutherland is reportedly in ‘good spirits.’ ‘At this time his family asks for privacy, but please send him positive thoughts and prayers,’ the post said. A representative for Sutherland declined to add any more details Tuesday but said they hope to provide more information in the coming days.”

FOX 9 reports: “After some dark skies and storms moved through Minnesota on Tuesday, you might have noticed an orangish tint in the sky. Multiple viewers sent FOX 9 photos of the orange sky and we saw it ourselves as the skies outside our station in Eden Prairie turned an unusual color. FOX 9’s Ian Leonard explained the phenomenon during our newscast: ‘As scattered showers came through, we had an awful lot of moisture particulate matter suspended in the atmosphere. So, as the sun’s angle begins to drop, instead of coming straight through the clouds, it’s coming across the clouds. So you end up with the yellow, the orange, and, for a spell, an entire sky that was almost entirely bright gold. It was a very cool effect but has nothing to do with storms.’”

For Sports Illustrated, Jelani Scott writes, “Monday was anything but a routine day in the ballpark for the Twins, thanks to a one-of-a-kind triple play never before seen in MLB history. With runners on first and second base in the bottom of the seventh inning against the White Sox, outfielder Byron Buxton recorded the first out on a A.J. Pollock fly ball with an impressive catch at the wall. The Minnesota standout quickly threw the ball to third baseman Gio Urshela, who tagged Yoan Moncada out as he retreated to second before stepping on the bag to retire Adam Engel; Moncada and Engel started the play on first and second, respectively, and found themselves in a precarious position after misjudging Pollock’s fly ball. Once the chaos finally settled, the wild, inning-ending sequence was officially recognized as the first 8-5 triple play recorded in the league’s 146-year history … .”