The names of several Minneapolis residents who died in recent days from gunshots have been released, but there have been no arrests in three of the killings.
On Sunday night, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office identified two people who were shot over the weekend in north Minneapolis. Richard D. Ambers, 31, was in a car about 5 a.m. Saturday on Bryant Avenue near 48th Avenue, when several shots hit him.
Earlier that night, about 11 p.m. Friday, Dana L. Logan, 46, was shot in the chest while sitting in her car near 36th and Queen avenues, the medical examiner's office said. She died less than an hour later at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
A day earlier, Michael M. Whitelaw, 50, was found in his Harrison neighborhood apartment in the 1600 block of Glenwood Avenue N.
Also, a shooting four weeks ago along Hennepin Avenue S. downtown turned into a fatality, the medical examiner's office said Sunday. Jenna R. Heilman, 28, was shot in the hip shortly before 2 a.m. on Labor Day near a parking lot and bar in the 500 block of Hennepin. Heilman died Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center.
In that same outburst of gunfire, Heilman's 28-year-old boyfriend was shot in the back but survived his wounds.
Police said they quickly arrested a man nearby and recovered a gun. On Monday, prosecutors filed second-degree murder charges against Sherman D. Alexander, 31, of Brooklyn Center, who had been in custody on assault charges. Bail of $1 million is expected to be asked when he next appears in Hennepin County District Court.
The gunfire followed a dispute inside the Pourhouse bar, where Alexander attempted to steal a bottle of alcohol from the couple's table, according to the charges. Heilman's boyfriend later told investigators that someone shot at the couple as they were getting into their car to leave the bar, prosecutors say.
Authorities have yet to address any other motives in the deadly violence and have not said if any of the cases are related.
Including Heilman, there have been 34 homicides in Minneapolis this year.
Police say that anonymous tips about these shootings can be texted to police at 847411 (TIP411). Enter MPD, a space, then the information. Tips also can be called in to 612-692-TIPS (8477).
Staff writer Libor Jany contributed to this report.