UPDATE: Victim's Name Released in Hibbing Homicide

Updated: December 27, 2018 03:57 PM

A Christmas shooting in Hibbing has left one man dead and another injured. Investigators are still working to locate the suspect.

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The preliminary autopsy results show the victim, Jeryel Octavius McBeth, a 34 year old male from Hibbing, died as a result of homicidal violence. His family said he leaves behind two children. The second victim, Jamien Quartez Stukey, a 25 year old male from Hibbing, was treated and released from Fairview Range Medical Center.

"It was shocking," said Dave Powell, whose son lives right on the corner of the crime scene. "He called and told us someone had crossed his yard, and the next thing you know, he hears pop, pop, pop. He knew right away somebody had been shot. And they called 911."

They had just been celebrating Christmas together at Powell's home across town.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., officers responded to 911 calls reporting a shooting. The Minnesota BCA said officers found the two men suffering from gunshot wounds in the 2400 block of Third Avenue East. McBeth was transported to Fairview Range Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

Neighbors described the scene as chaotic, with some yelling and screaming, and law enforcement officers telling everyone to stay inside. Wednesday, the area remained blocked off with police tape and squads and barricades.

Investigators have identified the suspect in the shooting as Jerome Diante Spann, a 29 year old black male. Spann fled in a vehicle with an unknown black male and may have traveled to St. Paul where Spann has relatives. Investigators consider Spann armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 

A check of his court records shows a variety of traffic violations in Ramsey County and a couple of firearm violations.

Police are asking that anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jerome Diante Spann call 911 or 218-263-3601.

The investigation is still active. Hibbing police declined to comment.

This latest crime scene is just a couple of blocks away from where Brian Nelson was killed in his home. He owned The Bottle Shop, and died in July of 2017. That case remains unsolved.

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