Minneapolis police detectives went door-knocking in the Seven Corners area Thursday, hoping to find clues to the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man in a parking lot the night before.
The victim was shot in the abdomen under unknown circumstances behind Bullwinkle’s Saloon and Jewel of India, near the University of Minnesota’s West Bank in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, police reported. The man was identified late Thursday by the Hennepin County medical examiner as Abdullahi Said Awil, of Minneapolis.
No one has been arrested in the slaying, the city’s 25th of the year and second this week.
On Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was shot in north Minneapolis’ Cleveland neighborhood in what witnesses characterized as a dispute over a pack of cigarettes. No one has been arrested.
In the most recent slaying, officers responding to a call about shots fired around 3:10 a.m. found the man dead, and closed off the parking lot, police said. By midday Thursday, the crime tape had been removed and the lot reopened.
A pair of detectives interviewed people from nearby businesses and later entered an apartment building that overlooks the crime scene.
The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy and release the man’s identity.
Anybody with information can call the police tip line at 612-692-8477 or text a tip to 847411 (TIP411). If texting, enter MPD, a space, and then the information.
Text messages are assigned a tip number and the Police Department has no way of identifying the source of the information.
Thursday morning’s shooting was at least the third instance of gun violence in a matter of hours.
In the earlier incidents, a 23-year-old Illinois man was shot outside a West Broadway eatery just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. Several hours later, another man, 28, was shot in the 1500 block of S. 4th Street.