A University of Michigan student has been shot dead outside of a downtown Minneapolis bar.
University of Minnesota students have been protesting in the city’s Twin Cities in the wake of a police shooting last week, and a protest on Friday was cancelled.
According to police, a fight broke out between a group of people outside the popular pub in the suburb of Minneapolis, which is about 30km (20 miles) south of downtown.
The students, who have been identified as James Tkacik, 20, and Tiaqeo Bautista, 17, were taken to the hospital, where they died, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement.
The attack on the bar came after two Minnesota high school students were fatally shot on Monday by a man who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
The two students were students at the University of Minnesota’s Euless campus.
Tkaczk, a first-year student, was the brother of an African-American University of Maryland student who was killed in 2014 in a shooting that was captured on video.
In a statement, the University said: “The University of St. Thomas condemns in the strongest terms this senseless violence against the University community, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the two students.”
The university also said that it was providing a scholarship of $50,000 to any student who could provide information on the killer.
The University said it had set up a fund for those who could not pay for their tuition fees, as well as for students who could assist the university in its investigation.
“We are aware of the circumstances surrounding this senseless act of violence, and will provide appropriate assistance as necessary,” the statement said.