12 squads outside, SWAT team searching downtown Minneapolis building. Photo by Tom Lyden / FOX 9 News
SWAT team inside Retek Building. Photo by Ivan Trushin
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
A report of shots fired was investigated Friday morning at the Retek Building at 10th Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, but nothing was found.
Minneapolis police declared the building "all clear" at 1:20 p.m.
Police never found any evidence of shots fired or any active threat, but the Retek Building was placed on lockdown as SWAT searched all 12 floors.
"There is no evidence of a shooting of any kind," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said.
Police said the person who reported the incident heard one pop and called security. Police said the popping sound could have been coming from duct work or something in the wall.
The building is part of the Target corporate campus in downtown Minneapolis. Ryan Construction also has offices in the building. The initial shots fired report came from the 10th floor, which includes Target offices.
Target spokesperson Molly Snyder released the following statement:
"Around 11 a.m. this morning, there were reports of loud noises in the building located at 50 South Tenth Street where approximately 1,300 Target team members and contractors work. The entire Target team is incredibly grateful that after a full sweep by law enforcement there is no evidence of any issue or injury. As always, our primary focus is on the safety and wellbeing of our team members. We are thankful for the quick response of the local officers and to our team for their cooperation."