Kingfield shooting results in Mpls's first 2014 homicide after victim unexpectedly dies

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-- Update at bottom --

Officers responding to a report of gunfire on the 4500 block of 1st Avenue South in Kingfield around 9:15 p.m. last Thursday night heard that a male victim was seen limping from the scene. A short time later, they found a victim in a nearby vehicle with a gunshot wound to his lower leg.

The victim was transported to HCMC, where he was expected to recover.

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"We didn't expect him to check out," MPD spokesman John Elder told us last night.

But Saturday night, the man died. It is Minneapolis's first homicide of the year.

A suspect, 24-year-old Brandon Bell, was arrested in connection with the incident. As of last night, his mugshot was being held by the MPD because he's a suspect in other crimes and police don't want to compromise their investigation.

The victim's identity and cause of death haven't yet been released by the Hennepin County medical examiner.

Elder said January 25 is relatively late for Minneapolis's first homicide of the year. He told us last night he was in the process of compiling the dates of the city's first homicide from previous years for comparative purposes. That information should be available today.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Elder got in touch today with the information about Minneapolis's first homicide in other years. Turns out 2014 is tied for the third-latest first homicide since 2007.

Here's the date of the first Minneapolis homicide going back that far:

2013: January 6
2012: February 11
2011: January 11
2010: January 2
2009: January 25
2008: February 6
2007: January 1

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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