Republican challenger Lacy Johnson is hoping to beat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to represent the people of Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.
He already faces an uphill battle, and last night things took a tragic turn in North Minneapolis when a gunman shot two of his campaign staffers — killing one.
The Daily Caller’s Jordan Lancaster reports:
One victim, a 17-year-old man, died at the scene, MPR News reported. The other victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A suspect was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the crime after a police pursuit, the Minneapolis Police Department told the Daily Caller.
“It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is needed now more than ever in our community,” Johnson said, adding that the shooting didn’t occur during any campaign events and that they believe it has no connection to the campaign.
The two victims were standing outside of a service station Monday afternoon when they were approached and shot by the suspect or suspects, who then fled on foot, a preliminary police investigation found according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the victim’s identity in the coming days.
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