2 men shot dead outside Minneapolis nightclub identified
The two people killed when gunshots erupted outside a downtown Minneapolis nightclub over the weekend have been officially identified as young men, both under the age of 25.
Charlie B. Johnson, 21, of Golden Valley, died of a gunshot wound to his chest at 1:59 a.m. Saturday outside the Monarch nightclub near the 3rd Street intersection and 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. .
Christopher R. Jones, 24, of Brooklyn Park, was also killed in the shooting. Jones died directly outside Monarch from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s report.
According to KSTP-TV, Jones is believed to be one of the shooters in the incident. Bring Me The News has contacted MPD for confirmation.
Johnson was scheduled to graduate from St. Thomas University on Saturday.
“Our community is shocked and saddened by the news of Charlie’s death,” UST President Julie Sullivan said in a press release. “We mourn with his family and friends and pray for their comfort. One day he and his family should have celebrated his graduation from our engineering school, we are devastated by this loss.”
The university claims Johnson was honored at all three opening ceremonies on Saturday, “with his name read and an empty chair placed with a cap and robe.”
The gunshots erupted just before 2 a.m. Saturday outside the club, with an officer working in the area running around the scene to find numerous victims “lying on the ground with obvious gunshot wounds,” said a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Ten people were shot dead in the mass shooting, including five men and five women. Six victims sustained non-life threatening injuries while one person was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Johnson and Jones died at the scene.
The other suspected shooter, a 23-year-old man from Bloomington, was arrested on Saturday and held in Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of second degree murder.
Seven homicide detectives are working on the case and anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, or submit an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppersMN.org.
Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the latest version of police events and may be subject to change.