The 17-year-old boy fatally shot Monday in North Minneapolis, as well as another teenage boy who suffered gunshot wounds, have been confirmed to be members of the election outreach team for Congressional candidate Lacy Johnson.
In a statement Tuesday, Johnson, a Republican running in the 5th Congressional District, said he believes the shooting was unrelated to the boys' work for his campaign. The shooting did not occur during a campaign event or outreach, he said.
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of violence. It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is more needed than ever in our community," he and his team said in the statement.
"The shooting did not occur during a campaign event or outreach, and we do not believe it has any connection to their work for the campaign."
The shooting occurred close to 4:30 p.m. in front of a store in the 3800 block of Fremont Avenue North. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.
The 17-year-old was transported to North Memorial Hospital, where he died. The other teenage victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
It was the 59th homicide in Minneapolis this year.