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Minneapolis police eye violence at Epic nightclub, Yo-Gotti shows

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    Minneapolis police are investigating a fatal shooting inside Epic nightclub early Sunday morning.
    Minneapolis police are investigating a fatal shooting inside Epic nightclub early Sunday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

A deadly shooting at Epic nightclub in downtown Minneapolis has police concerned, especially since the venue -- and its owners -- have a history of violence.

On Saturday night, everyone's past seemed to catch up to them. Tyrone Washington was shot outside of the VIP lounge. He was pulled out onto the busy sidewalk, but did not survive.

Washington, who was known on the street as Ty Crank, had his own history. He was a reputed member of the 1-9 street gang, but his family says he was turning his life around.

No arrest has been made, and investigators say witnesses haven't given them much to go on.

"We have witnesses who are less than cooperative, and I'm concerned about street justice," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau conceded.

One of the mysteries homicide detectives are grappling with is how the weapon got inside. Pat-downs were carried out at the front of the club, but there's also a rear entrance for musicians, performers and VIPs.

Epic nightclub is no stranger to trouble, and neither are its owners. So far, police have responded to 65 calls this year, and made 94 visits last year -- many for violent assaults.

The club is owned by real estate mogul Ned Abdul, who was arrested this summer in an alleged assault on his girlfriend, and a former Brooklyn Center cop, John Barlow. Barlow left the force in the late 90s after he was found not guilty of stalking a woman.

The odd couple of the club scene also owned Karma before the city shut it down two years ago, declaring it a public nuisance. As she walked the beat on Sunday night, Harteau suggested that Epic may soon face the same fate.

Yet, she also blamed that night's performer, Yo-Gotti, because his tour has left a trail of blood in its wake.

"When groups like this have traveled across the country and led to other violent acts, why would we allow that?" she asked.

A murder took place outside a Yo-Gotti show in Virginia, and shots were also fired during a show in St. Louis, Memphis and Albuquerque. A few years ago, three men were murdered after a show in St. Louis.

"As a city, you have to look at events," Harteau said. "When you have an event like Yo Gotti, that's what you're going to get."

Police investigators have identified the street name of a possible suspect and are currently working to connect that to a legal name.

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