North Minneapolis "after hours club" shooting leaves two dead, one wounded [UPDATES]

This is the Google Street View image of 3859 Fremont Avenue North, site of the shooting that left two dead this morning.
This is the Google Street View image of 3859 Fremont Avenue North, site of the shooting that left two dead this morning.

-- Updates at bottom of post --

Around 3 a.m. this morning, two people were killed and a third was wounded in a shooting that took place at a north Minneapolis "after hours club," to use the words of MPD Sergeant Stephen McCarthy.

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No arrests have been made in connection with the shootings, though police say "Preliminary information indicates that the public is not at risk."

From an MPD press release:

This morning at 3:00 a.m. Fourth Precinct patrol officers responded to 3859 Fremont Avenue North on a shots fired call. En route, Minneapolis Emergency Communication Center personnel advised responding officers that someone had been shot at this location.

When officers arrived they found two adult male victims. Medical personnel responded to the scene and determined that both males were dead. Approximately 20 minutes later an adult male victim arrived at the Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. It was determined that this male was at the same location at the time of the shooting.

At this time Minneapolis Police Department forensic scientist are processing the scene. The case has been assigned to Sergeant Christopher Thomsen and Sergeant Charles Green of the homicide unit. Homicide investigators are questioning several people that are connected to the incident but no arrests have been made yet. Preliminary information indicates that the public is not at risk.

The Minneapolis Police Department is asking that if anybody has any information to call the Tips Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477). The case number for this event is 13-067837.

The victim's identities and their exact causes of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office after their investigation.

McCarty said up to 100 people were at the after-hours party at the time of the shooting. One victim was found outside the building and the other was found inside.

We'll update this story when more information is available.

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10:15 a.m. -- For such a bland-looking building (see Google image at top of post), the property at 3859 Fremont Avenue North is being described in interesting ways by neighborhood residents.

From Fox 9: "Neighbors told FOX 9 the parties at the building started about six months ago, but during the day it's a safe place for kids that even opened its doors to provide a place to sleep and eat during the north Minneapolis tornado."

Earlier today, the Star Tribune quoted community activist V.J. Smith as saying the building is a "biker bar."

1:15 p.m. -- A Strib blog post describes a heated exchange that took place earlier today between a black woman who believes her cousin was killed in this morning's shooting and a white Minneapolis cop.

After the woman crossed the police tape surrounding the crime scene and demanded answers about her cousin, here's what was said (as reported by Maya Rao):

"I'm just asking a goddamn question," said the woman.

"You can't just walk wherever you want to," said the officer.

"I mean, if you're family you should be able to cross," yelled the woman, fighting tears as he walked away.

"I don't give a s--t if you're family," he retorted.

"I know you don't," she said. "I know you don't. If I was an officer I would have said the same thing about your family and that's dirty as hell."

"Well, take your dirty self on out of here," he said, waving. "Bye bye."

3:05 p.m. -- According to a Star Tribune report published this afternoon, 3859 Fremont Avenue North was operating illegally as an underground club. A city spokesman told the Strib the city has issued three citations against the property owner with fines worth $1,100 just since November, one of them for illegal alcohol sales. The fines haven't yet been paid.

More from the Strib:

[A regular at the club] said the venue usually stayed open until 4 and was a relaxed spot to go dancing, hang out, and participate in open mic nights...

Phil Murphy, owner of a flower shop down the block, said he heard gunshots on the corner last week.

"Neighbors have been complaining about it," he said. "They come to the shop, I always ask them, 'How's your block, how's your neighborhood?' and they're always complaining about this corner, [that] it's going to blow up soon. Trouble."

The MPD hasn't yet publicly identified the victims, but a young woman at the crime scene told the Strib her brother was one of the two victims who was fatally shot.

"She vowed to kill whoever shot him," the Strib's Maya Rao writes.

According to Fox 9's report (linked above), "Minneapolis police have been called to the club's 3859 Fremont address 15 times since the beginning of February, including a reported shooting on Feb. 22. Most of the other calls this year have been for noise complaints, parking problems and suspicious vehicles."

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