Authorities late Thursday made two arrests in the fatal daytime shooting of a man near a busy north Minneapolis strip mall, police said.
A 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were arrested in Columbia Heights by members of the department’s homicide and Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), according to police.
Both were booked into Hennepin County jail overnight on Thursday; the man on a probable cause second-degree murder charge, while the woman was jailed for allegedly aiding him, police said.
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A man, identified by relatives at the scene as Larry Flowers, was believed to have been gunned down at 11 a.m. as dozens of residents went about their daily routines along West Broadway Avenue, a busy thoroughfare.
Flowers was reportedly shot multiple times before collapsing outside of a Little Caesars restaurant in the Hawthorn Crossings strip mall, according to police and witnesses. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His death was the city’s 35th homicide of the year. No further details were immediately available.