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19 Bar Shooting: Facebook Tip Leads to Arrest of Devon Strouss

A former classmate of Devon Strouss's confirms this photo shows the same man who is accused of shooting two people outside a Loring Park-area gay bar.

A former classmate of Devon Strouss's confirms this photo shows the same man who is accused of shooting two people outside a Loring Park-area gay bar.

:::: UPDATE :::: Devon Strouss's Family Says 19 Bar Shooting Was Self-Defense

After 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, a 19 Bar patron who had been denied service opened fire outside the the bar's entry, injuring the general manager, Barak Evertsen, and a bystander named JJ Jarvis. The gunman, who entered the bar with a dog on a leash, left the scene before authorities arrived.

Bar staff didn't know who the gunman was. But investigators were able to crack the case thanks to two tipsters, one of whom alerted police to the alleged gunman's Facebook page. That page contained photos of a Devon Strouss with a dog matching the description of the one that was in 19 Bar Wednesday night.

According to felony assault charges later filed against Strouss, 23, the altercation began when he became a nuisance and was cut off. His behavior, along with the presence of a dog in the bar, prompted staff to ask him to leave.

But Strouss wouldn't leave, so Evertsen used force to remove him. "I'm gonna fuck you up!" Strouss allegedly yelled as he was wrestled outside, the door locked behind him.

At that point, Strouss pulled out a handgun, cocked it, and began firing multiple shots into the bar, the charges say. Evertsen was hit in the torso, Jarvis in the knee. Another witness had a bullet whiz through his pants. All are expected to recover.

After the gunman fled, one tipster told police he subsequently saw the shooter enter a nearby apartment building at 1536 LaSalle Ave. Another sent cops a link to his Facebook page.

With help from Strouss's Department of Motor Vehicles record, Officers executed a search warrant at his apartment. The dog shown in his Facebook photos was there, along with his live-in girlfriend. She told authorities Strouss admitted to shooting up the bar, adding that she could sense something was wrong when he returned home that night.

Hennepin County officials tell us Strouss's mugshot isn't being released at this time for investigative purposes. But a photo from his Facebook page is at the top of this post, and a former classmate of his confirms it shows the same Devon Strouss who now faces second-degree assault and reckless discharge of a firearm charges.

To read the criminal complaint for yourself, click to page two.

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Strouss Charges



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