7 shots, one dead, one wounded in north Minneapolis

After a North Side man died in an alley, a City Council member pledged to prevent a repeat of a violent summer eight years ago.

From her upstairs bedroom, Joyce Wallace heard shots Monday night, three of them inside and four outside a duplex next to her north Minneapolis home, she said.

Police arrived about 11:45 p.m. to find Darrell M. Fisher, 22, with a gunshot wound to the chest. He died in the alley behind the duplex in the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue N., the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said.

There have been no arrests.

City Council Member Don Samuels visited the scene Tuesday afternoon, spotting Wallace and others in front of her home. He asked about the shooting and then vowed to prevent a repeat of a violent summer in 2003 that saw several young people shot along Humboldt and nearby Girard Avenue.

Fisher died about a half-block from where he lived, authorities say. He was a new father who painted houses, including one across the street from his Humboldt Avenue home, said Adrian Sledge, 23, a former classmate of Fisher's at North High School.

Fisher, who had a drug conviction as a juvenile and several arrests for loitering, "was a good young man," Sledge said. Family members were not at home on Tuesday afternoon.

Monday night's gunfire left a second man wounded inside the duplex. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, and was expected to survive, said police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty.

Wallace, 30, moved to her Jordan area home 2 1/2 years ago. She said that until an attempted break-in last winter and then the fatal shooting Monday, it had been quiet.

Samuels spoke of the 2003 shooting of a little girl in the 2700 block of Girard Avenue N., a block east of Humboldt. The girl was inside a duplex, and critically wounded, when two men fired through a living room window.

"Things settled down," Samuels assured Wallace.

Then, he added: "It's not going to be like it was, I'll tell you that."

Anthony Lonetree • 612-673-4109

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