Charges: Gang member accused of deadly mass shooting outside Minneapolis nightclub

He's linked to nine of the 10 victims who were struck by bullets.
Publish date:
Jawan Carroll

Jawan Carroll.

A 24-year-old, alleged to be part of a north Minneapolis gang, is charged with two counts of second-degree intentional murder and seven counts of second-degree attempted murder for the mass shooting that left two people dead and eight injured last weekend in downtown Minneapolis. 

Gunfire erupted outside the Monarch nightclub around 1:59 a.m. Saturday. Killed in the shootout were 21-year-old Charlie Johnson of Golden Valley and 24-year-old Christopher Jones of Brooklyn Park. Johnson was set to graduate from the University of St. Thomas that day. 

According to a criminal complaint, Jones and a group of his companions got into a verbal argument with Jawan Carroll and his associates. About two minutes after the argument started, a member of Carroll's group is seen on surveillance video punching Jones in the right side of his head, with Carroll then pulling out a gun and shooting at Jones. 

Jones, whose home address is listed in St. Paul, attempted to run but was blocked by a large crowd of people outside the club who were trying to run and duck for cover, so he pulled a gun with his right hand and began firing at Carroll. A release from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman explains what allegedly happened next: 

"The two men continued shooting at one another, with Carroll aiming north down the sidewalk at Jones, and Jones firing back southbound at Carroll. Throughout the commotion of gunfire, a crowd of people were still present. Two seconds before 1:59 a.m., Jones dropped to the sidewalk, where he was later found dead, the complaint states. Carroll and his associates then ran from the area."

A witness told investigators that Johnson was walking down an alley north of the club when the shooting started. During the hail of gunfire, a bullet struck Johnson in the back and entered his chest as he was running north down the sidewalk of First Avenue. He was struck by a stray bullet from a .40 caliber handgun, which is the gun Carroll was shooting, the criminal complaint says. 

Despite lifesaving efforts by first responders, Johnson died at the corner of First Avenue and Third Street.

The seven surviving victims who were shot by Carroll, according to the complaint, suffered the following injuries:

  • Victim 1: Shot three times, once in the shoulder and twice in the buttocks
  • Victim 2: Gunshot wound to the lower buttock/right leg 
  • Victim 3: Gunshot wound to her left forearm
  • Victim 4: Two gunshot wounds to her right calf
  • Victim 5: Suffered a grazing gunshot wound under his right eye
  • Victim 6: Two wounds from a single shot that struck her in the check and neck
  • Victim 7: Gunshot wound to his arm

An eighth surviving victim suffered a grazing wound to her back. She was struck in the direction that Jones was firing, according to the complaint. 

Carroll, a member of a violent north Minneapolis street gang known as "Tres Tres," was located at the Comfort Inn in Bloomington. Police matched "distinct" purple shoes at the Comfort Inn to the shoes Carroll was seen wearing on surveillance footage, along with one of his associates confirming that they were in downtown Minneapolis when the mass shooting occurred. 

Carroll has two pending felony cases for second-degree assault and fleeing a police officer in a vehicle.  

Next Up

Brian O'Neill, Vikings-Saints

Matthew Coller: Should the Vikings have any offseason regrets?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

baby richard

Given 0% chance to live, Baby Richard celebrates 1st birthday, earns world record

He was born in Minneapolis and spent his first 6 months in the NICU at Children's Minnesota.

Facebook screengrab - ANdrew welcome home Dover

Watch: Community's big welcome home to 11-year-old after heart transplant

Andrew Iseminger has been away from his Minnesota home for more than six months.

police lights

Woman, 69, killed in two-car crash on Iron Range

The State Patrols says the victim had been at a stop sign, and pulled onto a highway.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Chaska man identified as motorcyclist killed in Maple Grove crash

Ryan Richard Schmiesing was killed Monday after a vehicle struck his motorcycle.

Dayne Sitladeen

Canadian rapper wanted for murder pleads guilty to possessing 67 guns in MN

Dayne Adrian Sitladeen pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

U.S. district court minnesota - federal court

Charges: Red Lake man with knife sexually assaulted victim

He's also charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Jose Berrios

Report: Twins could be 'aggressive sellers' ahead of trade deadline

José Berríos and Nelson Cruz could be in high demand in the coming weeks.

Screen Shot 2021-06-22 at 7.49.39 PM

Why the Timberwolves haven't lost the D'Angelo Russell trade...yet

The Wolves' offseason got more challenging but not impossible.


Monarch shooting, Minneapolis police

2 men fatally shot outside Minneapolis night club are identified

Ten 10 people were struck by bullets in the downtown mass shooting.

Minneapolis police

Mass shooting in downtown Minneapolis: 2 dead, 8 injured

Police arrived to find numerous victims on the ground outside a night club.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis

The funeral was for one of two people killed in the shooting outside a Minneapolis nightclub in May.

police tape, crime scene

1 dead, 1 injured in Minneapolis shooting, city's 39th homicide this year

Police were treating one victim when another victim was found nearby.

Demond Dawson

Roseville man charged for deadly Grand Avenue shooting in St. Paul

He's accused of firing multiple shots from inside a vehicle outside Billy's on Grand.

Teen charged with murder in Minneapolis gang shooting

The victim was a high ranking member of the Somali Outlaws gang.

police tape, crime scene

1 dead, 3 others wounded in multiple Minneapolis shootings Sunday

All of the shootings were reported between approximately 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.