2 charged in mugging, shooting of Minneapolis musician

A member of the band Red Daughters was shot in the stomach.
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Two people have been arrested in connection to a string of robberies in northeast and southeast Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis police say one of the robberies ended in the shooting of Minneapolis musician, Aaron "Hix" Lee, a member of the Red Daughters band. 

Jonell Butler of LaPlace, Louisiana and Natalie Nicole Box of an unknown residence have been charged with multiple aggravated robberies and one count of second-degree assault. Police say they were involved in robberies on Sept. 8, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. 

According to an online fundraiser, Lee was walking home in northeast Minneapolis with his girlfriend on Oct. 5 when a car pulled up and out jumped a man with a gun, demanding they hand over their phones and wallets. Lee and his girlfriend complied only to have the attacker turn around and shoot, "leaving Hix and Kate in a terrifying bloody aftermath."

Fortunately, Kate kept her phone and called 911. Lee was shot in the stomach and the bullet pierced his colon, severing his iliac vein and lodging into his leg, where it'll remain forever.

Lee continues to take two steps forward and then one step back, according to the GoFundMe account, although they hope the medical setbacks will soon end. The fundraiser has already generated more than $65,000. 

Butler and Box are currently jailed at the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center. 

Additional charges are expected against both, according to police. 

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