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Charges: Man shot 2 near Minneapolis nightclubs, killing 1 and paralyzing another

Police have identified the man killed in the shooting early Monday morning.
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A man charged with a double shooting that left one man dead and another paralyzed opened fire after earlier fighting with the victims.

James David Wren, 35, of Minneapolis, has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and 2nd-degree attempted murder over the shooting in a parking lot between Augie's Cabaret/Brass Rail and Gay 90s on Hennepin Avenue early Monday morning.

According to a criminal complaint, Wren had earlier gotten into a fight in a parking lot with the two victims, with surveillance footage showing him leaving but returning a short time later with a gun, firing at close range.

Killed in the shooting was 40-year-old Michael Angelo Clark, of Minneapolis, while the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says the second man was hit in the back, with the bullet severing his spinal cord and leaving him permanently paralyzed.

Police had been in the process of responding to the fight when the gunshots rang out, with a witness to the shooter being a tow truck driver who was parked in an alleyway near the parking lot.

He said he saw Wren pass by his tow truck with a handgun, and then open fire at the group in the parking lot, before fleeing the area when his gun jammed.

The tow truck driver gave police a detailed description and Wren was caught a short time later, though the gun he allegedly used has not been recovered.

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