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Man killed in shooting near downtown Minneapolis that hurt 3 others was Pierre Miller

WCCO digital headlines: Morning of Feb. 27, 2024
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MINNEAPOLIS — Police are investigating a shooting just south of downtown Minneapolis that killed one and injured at least three others Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the incident happened on the 800 block of Franklin Avenue East shortly before 1:30 p.m.

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A view of the scene Tuesday afternoon.  WCCO

Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara says officers responded to the scene to find three victims. One of them had no pulse, and was pronounced dead on the scene. On Thursday, that victim was identified as 34-year-old Pierre Miller, of Minneapolis. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.

A second, 37-year-old victim sustained critical injuries, and was transported to an area hospital; O'Hara said he believes that person has been stabilized.

A third person, a 37-year-old woman, had a non-life threatening injury and was also taken to the hospital. Police say a 31-year-old man had taken himself to the hospital.

Police believe more than one person opened fire in the incident, which happened between the alleyway and the sidewalk near a market. O'Hara says the intersection has become an "occasional hotspot" and a "problematic location," mostly due to narcotics sales. A number of people were shot at the same intersection back in August, police said.

Two buildings in the area were damaged by gunfire, police say.

O'Hara also said "we do suspect that this is not a standalone incident." No one has yet been arrested.

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