Police Investigate East Hillside Homicide

February 15, 2017 09:15 AM

Duluth Police say a person of interest has been detained in connection to a homicide in a residential area of the East Hillside neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

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Police were called to an address in the 500 block of East 11th Street around 2 p.m. Police say a 22-year-old man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers have identified a possible motive. Police and several Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive agents are conducting search warrants. Details of the motive were not immediately released.

The department asked anyone with information on the incident to call 911, and said they expect to release additional information on Wednesday morning.

The incident happened in a residential area above Central Entrance and below Skyline Parkway, west of East 6th Street.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson released a statement on the shooting, thanking police for their "constant dedication to safety and wellbeing of our community."

"I want to assure the community that our police are fully engaged and have detained a person of interest. The Duluth Police Department responded swiftly and professionally and are making progress to resolve this case. When a person is harmed in our community our whole community is harmed. Today, tragically so. Our condolences go to the victim's family and friends. As a parent this is simply heartbreaking news," Larson said in a statement.

Duluth Public Schools spokesperson Katie Kaufman said Myers-Wilkins Elementary, which is located about two blocks away from the shooting location, went into a precautionary lockdown at the request of police, though most students had already gone home for the day. Kaufman said the lockdown ended shortly before 3:30 p.m.

This is the sixth shooting to take place in Duluth in the past month. None of the other shootings was fatal.


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