City officials familiar with illegal nightclub where 2 were killed

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.

Drywall

Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.

ambulance

4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.

20201107_vivir-1151-Edit

Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.

MasklessJudgesinWiscoyTownship

At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

paisley park

Paisley Park to open pop-up shop at Mall of America

The new store is set to open on Black Friday.

blue-and-white-sorry-we-re-closed-wooden-signage-1171386

COVID-19: Here's what Gov. Walz, Republicans are proposing to help businesses

Once they come to an agreement, Walz will call a special session to pass the legislation.

Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey planning to run for reelection

Frey said in a radio interview that 2020 has been a "horrible" year.

Related

Police familiar with home where boy slain

Before Tuesday's fatal shooting of 5-year-old Nizzel George at a north Minneapolis home, police had been called to the house four times this year. Police records show 10 calls for service to the home last year and 17 in 2010. But the boy's grandmother disputes that there is a connection between the shooting and anyone in the home.

Envy nightclub fights city for liquor license

A downtown nightclub considered to be a contributor to late night crime is fighting the city's threat to revoke their liquor license.