June 10, 2019 10:55 PM
Minneapolis police are investigating what led up to a double shooting early Monday morning.
According to police, one man was shot dead and his nephew is in critical condition. The violence happened just after 2 a.m. in the area of Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue in the core of Downtown Minneapolis.
Officers were in the area to monitor bar close and oversee crowd control when they heard gunshots near an alley. Police also reported receiving several 911 calls.
Dennis Alexander saw it go down. "One minute they're out having fun and the next minute he gets shot, and no one was expecting to get shot," Alexander said.
Family members confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that 41-year-old Michael Clark was killed in the shooting.
"He didn't deserve to go out like he did, he's lovely, a chill kind of person," said one of Clark's relatives, Andre Hunter.
The name of the second man is being withheld for security reasons.
Witnesses at the scene were able to identify the possible shooter, and after a brief foot chase, police took the suspect into custody a couple blocks away. Thirty-five-year-old James David Wren has been booked into the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of murder, Minneapolis Police said. Wren has not yet been formally charged.
Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said Wren could appear in court as soon as Wednesday afternoon. State records indicate Wren was on probation after serving time in prison for a 2012 shooting that injured a bartender. Wren is a convicted felon and prohibited from having a gun.
Officers said the shooting occurred near the 1st Precinct for Minneapolis Police.
"It is abnormal and it should be; people are normally going to stay away from the areas where officers are going to be present," Elder said. "It is unusual."
Officers are investigating whether the shooter knew the two victims. Authorities said the incident may have started with a disagreement among a group of people.
Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and reference case number 19-166361.
Rebecca Omastiak & Beth McDonough
Updated: June 10, 2019 10:55 PM
Created: June 10, 2019 05:43 AM
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