Shooting victim at Yo Gotti's Epic show ID'ed as Tyrone Washington Jr.
|Photos courtesy of Yo Gotti's Facebook and Pat O'Brien|
After gunfire was heard in the club at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Minneapolis police responded to the scene and blocked off the intersection of First Avenue and Fifth Street with several dozen squad cars. On Monday, police chief Janeé Harteau said the city needs to take an active role in keeping downtown safe.
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Authorities say Tyrone Washington Jr. died of a gunshot wound to the chest in a homicide. The police account says that Washington and the shooter were arguing inside the club. The gunman fired at him, and then ran off. Washington's body was found on the sidewalk outside Epic.
According to Harteau, Washington was previously known to law enforcement and has an extensive criminal history. So far, witnesses are being less than cooperative. Retaliation is feared, so police presence was been increased in the blocks near the nightclubs on Sunday. So far, no one is in custody in connection with the incident.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim," says Epic general manager Beecher Vaillancourt. "So sad and unnecessary."