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Man shot dead at Lake Street pawn shop amid riots is identified

A 59-year-old man believed to be the store owner is in custody.
Image of the riot-stricken Lake Street following Wednesday night's protests. 

Image of the riot-stricken Lake Street following Wednesday night's protests. 

Authorities have identified a man allegedly shot dead by a pawn shop owner during the first night of unrest over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says that 43-year-old Calvin Horton Jr. died at HCMC at 9:39 p.m. Wednesday from shotgun wounds to the "chest and upper extremities."

He had been shot around a half hour earlier outside Cadillac Pawn and Jewelry at 1538 Lake St., which is around 10 blocks west of where protesting and rioting erupted outside the 3rd Minneapolis Police Precinct.

When police arrived, they found Horton Jr. lying on the sidewalk, not breathing, and without a pulse.

Police originally thought they were responding to a stabbing. On arrival, they located a man lying on the sidewalk who wasn't breathing and had no pulse. 

Police have not confirmed that the victim was shot by the store owner, only saying at this time that "circumstances surrounding this death are currently being looked into and the Minneapolis Police Department has initiated a death investigation." 

A 59-year-old man was arrested and booked in the Hennepin County Jail where he remains in custody without bail for probable cause murder. Formal charges have not been filed as of 4 p.m. Friday. 

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