Police investigate deadly Minneapolis shooting

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 11, 2012 - 11:29 PM

33-year-old man was at northside barbecue.

A Saturday night barbecue turned deadly in north Minneapolis when a man was shot just before 10:30 p.m. He died about 2 1/2 hours later at a Robbinsdale hospital.

Minneapolis police were saying little on Sunday about the shooting, which was reported at a three-story house in the 2600 block of Emerson Avenue N. at 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

It was unclear whether the shooting was accidental or intentional, said a friend of the victim who later spoke with police. He said there were conflicting stories of whether the man shot himself or whether someone else shot him.

That friend, Lakeric McCaskill, 28, of Minneapolis, said the victim was a 33-year-old family man from Brooklyn Center who worked hard to support his children.

Friends had been having a good time when the shots came, said McCaskill, who said he was at the party.

"We heard the shots and everybody scattered," said McCaskill.

Officers arrived at the house Saturday night to find a man with a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police spokesman Steve McCarty. Several people were at the scene, and officers detained them until investigators arrived.

Authorities have not identified the victim, who was taken to North Memorial Medical Center, where he died at 1 a.m. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy.

Nobody had been arrested by Sunday night. Police asked anyone with information to call the police department's Tip Line at 612-692-8477.

"He was a good guy," McCaskill said of his friend.

Staff writer Chris Havens contributed to this report. Joy Powell • 651-925-5038

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