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Prosecutor appeals for witnesses to pawn shop shooting during riots

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has not been able to bring charges yet.
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is appealing for witnesses to a shooting that happened on the first night of the Minneapolis riots to come forward, as his office works to bring a potential prosecution.

The incident happened on Wednesday, May 27, the night of the 3rd Police Precinct burning, and saw Calvin Horton Jr., 43, die after being shot in the chest with a shotgun.

The shooting happened "in or very near" Cadillac Pawn at 1538 E. Lake St., at a time when commercial properties were being vandalized and looted as protests over the death of George Floyd escalated into widespread unrest.

The 59-year-old owner of the pawn shop was subsequently arrested and held in jail for several days.

But he has since been released pending further investigation, prompting the appeal from Freeman who says that police were impeded from conducting a thorough investigation at what was a "chaotic" scene as they were allegedly being "pelted" by rioters as they tried to render aid to Horton Jr.

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"So far, that investigation has only one witness who saw part of the incident. Investigators have not found any surveillance camera video showing the incident," Freeman said.

"We need the help of anyone who was in or around Cadillac Pawn at the time of the shooting," he added. "We need to know what happened several minutes before the shooting and then the shooting itself."

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersmn.org

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