Fatal shooting in Champions bar in south Minneapolis - KMSP-TV

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting in Champions bar

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A shooting at a south Minneapolis bar left one man dead and one injured early Thursday morning.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m., Minneapolis police responded to reports of a shooting at Champions Saloon and Eatery on the 100 block of West Lake Street near Blaisdell Avenue.

Police confirmed one man, 51, was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound inside the bar. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he passed away at 7:30 a.m.

A second victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The MPD Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the MPD's TIPS Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

The identity of the deceased and the exact cause of death will be released by the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

Champions released the following statement, requesting the bar be once again allowed to employ Minneapolis police officers to ensure a safer environment:

For many years Champions Saloon & Eatery ("Champions") employed, at its own expense, many wonderful off-duty Minneapolis Police Officers to provide security for its customers and premises.  Champions' great working relationship with the 5th Police Precinct changed when Matthew Clark took over from Eddie Frizell as Inspector of the 5th Precinct.

In retaliation against Champions for reporting drug and gang activity occurring at the bus stop at the corner of Lake Street and Blaisdell Avenue to City Council Member Meg Tuthill, Clark issued a City-wide ban on off-duty police officers working at Champions. It is that ban which contributed to the tragic shooting incident that occurred early this morning.

Champions renews its request that the ban be lifted by the City of Minneapolis and that it be allowed to employ the City's finest officers to provide security for its customers.

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