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University of St. Thomas student ID'd as one of 2 killed in Minneapolis shooting

It happened outside a nightclub early Saturday morning.
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Correction: A previous version of this story erred on the victim's last name. It has been corrected and Bring Me The News offers its sincerest apologies for the mistake. 

Charlie Johnson was just hours away from receiving his diploma from the University of St. Thomas, but sadly, he wouldn't get the chance.

He has been confirmed as one of two people killed in this weekend's downtown Minneapolis shooting, which also left several others injured.

Johnson, a mechanical engineering major, was identified as one of the shooting victims in a press release from the University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic institution with two campuses in the Twin Cities.

“Our community is shocked and saddened by the news of Charlie’s death," President Julie Sullivan said in the press release. "We grieve with his family and friends and pray for their comfort. On a day he and his family should have been celebrating his graduation from our School of Engineering, we are devastated by this loss."

The school says Johnson was honored at all three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, "with his name read and an empty chair placed with a cap and gown."

Additionally, "a member of his family accepted his diploma on his behalf." 

St. Thomas is now offering counseling and campus ministry services for "students, faculty and staff who desire support."

The shooting

The shooting broke out near the Monarch nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning, killing two and injuring eight. 

In total, ten adults were shot — five men and five women. Police believe two people were arguing before shots were fired.

Later that same day, authorities announced the arrest of a suspect in the shooting. He's been identified as a 23-year-old man from Bloomington. 

BringMeTheNews does not typically name suspects until they've been formally charged with a crime. 

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