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Man convicted of killing one, paralyzing another near downtown nightclub

The 36-year-old opened fire in a parking lot near Augie's in downtown Minneapolis.
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A jury has convicted a man for a double shooting in downtown Minneapolis that left one dead and another paralyzed.

James Wren, 36, could face a sentence of more than 27 years in prison after being found guilty of the unintentional 2nd-degree murder of Michael Clark, and 1st-degree assault of a second man who was left permanently paralyzed from a bullet.

It followed a fight in the parking lot near Augie's nightclub in downtown Minneapolis in the early hours of June 10, 2019.

Police arrived to hear gunshots, with a tow truck driver who witnessed the shooting pointing at Wren as he fled the scene.

Surveillance video showed that Wren had gotten into the fight with Clark and the other victim and left the area, only to return a short-time later, walk to near the front of the parked tow truck, and open fire.

It was the first murder trial held in Hennepin County since the COVID-19 shutdown, with the jury taking three hours to convict Wren, according to the office of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Freeman says his office had sought for Wren to be charged with 2nd-degree intentional murder, but was ultimately "satisfied with the results," and hopes the judge will agree with their sentencing request of at least 27 years imprisonment.

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