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Two men killed in early morning shootings in the Twin Cities

Anyone with information on either shooting should contact police.

Twin Cities police are investigating after two men were found dead in separate shootings early Sunday morning.

The first incident was reported around 1:10 a.m. at Park Avenue South and 16th Street East, just south of downtown Minneapolis, police said in a news release. Someone had called 911 about an "unresponsive male" who the caller said was holding a handgun.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Officer Corey Schmidt told the Star Tribune that the man “suffered gunshot wounds” and did not take his own life.

The man’s identity has yet to be disclosed, and no arrests have been made yet. Anyone with information is encouraged to text anonymous tips to 847411 (TIP411), or call in a tip at 612-692-TIPS.

The second fatal shooting was reported around 1:40 a.m., across the river in St. Paul. Upon arrival, St. Paul police say they found an adult male with a gunshot wound dead on the sidewalk, on the 800 block of Rice Street.

"Homicide Investigators and patrol officers canvassed the area and brought several witnesses to police headquarters, where they are currently being interviewed," a statement says.

The victim's identity has yet to be released. Based on witness information, investigators don't believe the shooting was random.

The department says his death marks the 12th homicide of the year in St. Paul, 10 of which have involved guns.

Anyone with information should call the Homicide Unit at 651-266-5650.

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