2 men identified in illegal after-hours club shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
The two men who were shot and killed at an after-hours party in north Minneapolis early Friday morning have been identified.
Thirty-two-year-old Demetrius Harper of Minneapolis, and 23-year-old Erick Felton of Harrisburg, Pa. were both killed after multiple gunshot wounds. Police are still investigating the incident.
Sgt. Stephen McCarty said 50 to 100 people were inside a commercial building at 39th Avenue N. and Fremont Avenue N. when shots were fired around 3 a.m. The Star Tribune reports the club was operating illegally, city officials say the venue had been cited several times. The club was operating as a place to continue an evening's festivities after bar-time.
One man was found dead outside the building, and another man was found dead inside. About 20 minutes later, a third shooting victim arrived at Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Homicide investigators are questioning several people connected to the incident but no arrests have been made.
Anybody with any information is asked to call the Minneapolis police tips line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).
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.
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.