Body found near Twin Cities rec center; police call it 'suspicious death'


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A body discovered at a Twin Cities recreation center is being described as a "suspicious death."

The St. Paul Police Department said in a tweet the body was near Hazel Park Recreation Center, on the eastern side of the city.

According to WCCO, the male victim had critical injuries when police arrived.

The Star Tribune reports he died a short time later.

The identity of the man and the cause of death have not been released.

The rec center is located about a block away from both Nokomis Montessori Magnet School and L' Etoile Du Nord French Immersion. It's also within a few blocks of Hazel Park Preparatory Academy and Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School.

The center includes baseball and softball fields, barbecue grill, benches, a picnic area, a playground, tennis courts and more, according to its website. It's open Mondays-Thursdays from 3-9 p.m., Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and is closed on the weekends.

On Twitter, some local reporters have mentioned reports of shots fired overnight.

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