Minneapolis police investigating city's first homicide of 2016

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The first homicide in Minneapolis in 2016 happened minutes into the new year, and police are looking to the public for help to find the person responsible.

[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d4354.623951218623!2d-93.24574772836085!3d44.98443874479944!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x52b32d731bdb569f%3A0xa78e91c07200a00e!2sSE+8th+Ave%2C+Minneapolis%2C+MN+55414!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1451998942740&w=240&h=240]

A man was shot around 12:37 a.m. Friday on the 500 block of 8th Avenue Southeast, police said in a news release Monday night.

The man, identified as 20-year-old James Bills, of West St. Paul, died from his injuries a few hours later at the hospital, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner says. He was shot in the head.

The Star Tribune says he was at a New Year's Eve party in Dinkytown when he was shot after defending a woman who had gotten in an argument with the shooter.

The paper confirmed with Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder that this was the city's first homicide of the year.

Officers are now looking for the person responsible in the shooting. They have canvassed the area to speak with witnesses, and homicide investigators continue to work the case.

Investigators are calling a community meeting to include the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association to discuss the incident and any concerns the community may have. Officers will also be going door-to-door seeking information and to offer support and safety tips following the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674. A person who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction to a suspect in the case could be eligible for a cash reward, the release notes.

As of Dec. 28, there were 49 homicides in Minneapolis in 2015, according to the department's website, including a homicide that happened within the first week of the new year. There were 32 reported homicides in the city in 2014.

Next Up

PD Shimmers 4

Annual guide to finding holiday lights displays in MN is released

More than 80 holiday displays are on this year's list.

duluth police department

Duluth police officer charged in September shooting

The officer, who is a five-year veteran, is charged with two felonies.

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 1.31.42 PM

Enbridge gets final approval to start construction on Line 3 replacement

The project has attracted criticism from environmental and tribal groups.

Kirk Cousins

Is it a 4-team race for the final NFC playoff spot?

The key for Minnesota likely requires winning on the road against two top NFC teams.

coronavirus

Nov. 30 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations reach new high mark

There are fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available in Minnesota.

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers-Northwestern game canceled

Minnesota is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in its football program.

frances mosley vandals

Minneapolis woman's home vandalized for a 7th time since March

The most recent incident happened on Thanksgiving.

Grand Cafe

Jamie Malone's Grand Cafe is closing, building owners say

Head chef Jamie Malone will continue operations at Eastside.

softball

High school softball coach accused of stealing booster funds

The 65-year-old is a coach at Lakeville South High School.

Related