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Minneapolis (KROC AM News) -  One of the men who was killed in Minneapolis early Saturday had big plans later that day - graduating from college.

The University of St. Thomas broke the news Saturday with this announcement:

“The University of St Thomas community is mourning after learning that senior Charlie Johnson, a mechanical engineering major, passed away early this morning. Charlie was a victim in the shooting that occurred this morning in Minneapolis. Further details on his death are expected to come from the Minneapolis Police Department, who are investigating.

“Our community is shocked and saddened by the news of Charlie’s death. We grieve with his family and friends and pray for their comfort. On a day he and his family should have been celebrating his graduation from our School of Engineering, we are devastated by this loss,” said President Julie Sullivan earlier today.

Campus Ministry and President Sullivan have been in contact with Charlie’s family and St. Thomas joins his loved ones in grieving his loss. Charlie has been remembered at all three commencement ceremonies today with his name read and an empty chair placed with a cap and gown. A member of his family accepted his diploma on his behalf.”

The shooting took place in downtown Minneapolis outside the Monarch nightclub and killed Johnson and another man and injured eight others.

Officers were sent there around 2:00 am and found “an exceptionally chaotic scene.”

site of downtown Minneapolis shooting /Google
site of downtown Minneapolis shooting /Google


Police say the shooting began when “two people were standing in a crowded area and got into a verbal confrontation. Both individuals pulled out guns and began shooting at each other.”

Police later reported a 23-year-old man had been arrested as one of the suspected shooters. KSTP TV is reporting one of the other shooters was killed.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo issued this statement Saturday:

This latest shooting continues a recent uptick in violence in the state's largest city that includes the shootings of three young children. One of the young victims died.

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