Minneapolis man charged with attempted murder, assault after running over 4 people outside nightclub

Minneapolis man charged with attempted murder, assault after running over 4 people outside nightclub Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Updated: October 22, 2019 02:50 PM

A man is charged with assault and attempted murder after he allegedly ran over multiple people outside a nightclub in Minneapolis last week.

Eduardo Morales, 23, is charged with one count of second-degree murder and three counts of second-degree assault, according to court records.

Officers responded to a call of a vehicle running over multiple people outside Rouge at The Lounge nightclub, on N. Second Avenue between Fifth and Fourth streets, at about 2:30 a.m. on Friday.

A criminal complaint states officers found four victims outside the club, including one who was bleeding from his ears and was unresponsive.

Officers spoke with several witnesses, who reported the suspect and his friend had gotten into a fight with others from the nightclub on the street outside the club. After the fight was broken up, witnesses told police Morales told his friend, "Give me your keys," got into a white Mercedes and drove away from the fight, the complaint states.

4 taken to hospital after disagreement ends with group being run over in Minneapolis

According to the complaint, the suspect then suddenly reversed the vehicle, running over four people. One witness told police the suspect was driving 50 to 60 mph. After running over the four people, he continued in reverse toward N. Second Avenue and Fifth Street, and then drove forward, running over at least two of the victims again.

Morales turned himself in to police at about 3:10 a.m., the complaint states.

The complaint states Morales told police his friend is a promoter and a fight had started because an employee for the Rouge refused to pay his friend for his work. Morales then allegedly admitted to hitting the victims with a vehicle, but claimed it was self-defense.

The victim police found unresponsive remains in critical condition and "is unlikely to have full brain functionality again, if he survives," the complaint states. The severity of the other victims' injuries is unknown.

Morales made his first court appearance Tuesday. His bond has been set at $750,000.

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