Brian Vincent Griffin charged in Millennium Hotel murder

Brian Vincent Griffin, a 33-year-old from Dayton, Minnesota, has been charged in Minneapolis's first homicide of the year.

According to the charges, Griffin was smoking meth with three others in a room at the Millennium Hotel early Saturday morning. Griffin got up as if he was leaving, but instead turned around and began shooting.

Police arrived around 2:25 a.m. to find Jeremy Robert Shannon suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Shannon was pronounced dead on the scene. Police also found a 9mm handgun and a discharged cartridge casing outside the room, and nine more cartridge casings inside.

Witnesses told police that, after hearing shots fired, they saw a man run across the street. Police found Griffin at the nearby Hyatt Hotel, hiding in a closet, according to the complaint.

Griffin was charged with second-degree murder. He was also charged with attempted second-degree murder for shooting at another man in the hotel room.

After being read his rights, Griffin admitted to shooting Shannon, according to the complaint. He told police that Shannon and a witness to the crime were "talking about things that made him nervous." He got up with the intention of leaving, but thought as he reached for the door, "I have to do this."

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