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City officials familiar with illegal nightclub where 2 were killed

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Police have had run-ins before with the man who ran the illegal nightclub on Fremont Avenue in north Minneapolis where two men were fatally shot last week, the Star Tribune reports.

Maurice Harrison of Minneapolis is the same man who ran an illegal nightclub known as the Zodiac Biker Club, which city officials had pushed out of locations on Lyndale and Washington avenues, the newspaper reports. Harrison was arrested, along with about 75 others, in a 2011 raid at one location that turned up drugs, guns and alcohol that was being sold illegally.

The city sent several citations and fines to the Fremont club where gunfire erupted Friday, the Star Tribune reports. Residents had complained about late-night noise and traffic in the neighborhood that is not zoned for a nightclub.

Police had been called to the club 15 times since the beginning of February, FOX 9 reports.

The men killed Friday have been identified as cousins Erick Felton, 23, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Demetrius Harper, 32, of Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported. Another man was wounded. No one has been arrested and police continue the investigation.

A cousin of one of the victims called the shooting "senseless," KARE 11 reported.

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