A brawl inside a Dinkytown tobacco shop early Sunday preceded a shooting that left two dead and a clerk injured, according to social media posts that showed the moments leading up to the deadly encounter, which came amid other weekend gun violence in Minneapolis.
Bystander videos filmed inside Royal Cigar & Tobacco at 14th Avenue and 4th Street SE. depicted a melee involving at least seven men, with two exchanging punches on the floor as products spilled from shelves. Two men in ski masks were seen with their arms extended toward the scuffle - apparently aiming firearms - followed by a pop.
In a two-second clip, two of the men previously seen fighting lay motionless on the floor. Both died at the scene.