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Charges: Champions Bar shooter shouldn't have had gun

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A 42-year-old Minneapolis man is now facing multiple felony charges in connection with a fatal shooting at Champions Bar, and prosecutors say Ron Powell shouldn't have had the gun that killed an innocent man.

Police in Fargo, N.D., arrested Powell on Friday, and he remained in custody there while documents that formally accuse him of killing a bystander amid a bar brawl were filed.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Champion's Bar, located at 105 West Lake Street, after gunfire broke out inside on Aug. 8. Upon arrival, police found Mark Anthony Stephenson on the floor and bleeding heavily while a woman tried to help him.

Stephenson was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died of his injury. Police say he did not have any connection to the gunman or the other man who was injured.

Police described the crime scene as "extremely chaotic" and said many witnesses refused to cooperate; however, officers later learned that a second man, Anthony Orlando Collins, had been admitted to HCMC with two gunshot wounds that night.

During an interview with officers, Collins told police he was celebrating his birthday at Champions when he saw Ron Christopher Powell. Police say the two have had previous altercations.

Collins told police Powell had stolen $3,500 from his cousin in 2009, and he suspected Powel of stealing a car from him several years ago as well. He admitted that when he saw Powell in the bar, he walked up to him and punched him numerous times.

According to Collins, Powell then pulled out a gun and fired three shots while Collins fled. Once outside the bar, Collins said he realized he'd been shot in both legs, including a through-and-through shot to his right thigh and a graze wound to his left thigh.

Police said video surveillance from inside the bar appears to corroborate Collins' statement, and a review of Powell's criminal history showed he was convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm in 2005.

Powell has been charged with the following three felonies in connection with the incident:

- Second-degree murder without intent
- Second-degree assault
- Prohibited person in possession of a firearm

If convicted on all charges, Powell faces a potential maximum sentence of 65 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.

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