Man slain at Champions Sports Bar ID'd

  • Updated: August 17, 2013 - 3:57 PM

A man shot to death at Champions Sports Bar & Grill last week has been identified as Mark Anthony Stephenson of Minneapolis.

Stephenson, 51, died at Hennepin County Medical Center. The bar’s attorney had told the Star Tribune that he was an innocent bystander when a dispute broke out between others.

Stephenson, who lived at 1915 3rd Av. S., died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said late Friday.

Police officers were called to the bar shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 8. Stephenson was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died at about 7:30 a.m.

A second shooting victim was discovered at Hennepin County Medical Center seeking treatment for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

No one is in custody, police said.

According to Ed Matthews, the bar’s attorney, a customer entered the bar, “noticed somebody” and began hitting that person. The person being attacked pulled a gun out of his boot and fired twice, injuring the attacker and killing the 51-year-old, whom Matthews described as an innocent bystander.

Police have urged anyone with information to call the Minneapolis Police Department’s tips line at (612) 692-TIPS (8477.)

JOY POWELL

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