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Update on Shooting, Vacant Homes in Duluth

Updated: November 18, 2019 09:18 PM

Police continue to investigate a shooting in Lincoln Park. Officers responded to the 1900 block of West 3rd Street Sunday night around 10:15.  A 35-year-old man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm.

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Tristen Swanson lives across the street. A bullet grazed his building. Still, he has faith in his neighborhood. "It's a unique area. I love it here. The craft district, and the Duluth Folk School and Ecolibrium," he said.

The shooting took place near a condemned apartment building. The paperwork attached to the front porch said it was condemned because it did not have working utilities.

There are other vacant properties in the neighborhood. But some are being fixed up. "People are starting to make them nice. And give more people opportunity in this area," Swanson added.

Deputy Fire Chief Marnie Grondahl said they've been enforcing the vacant building registration program, which requires owners to pay a fee when the building sits vacant. "I think it's actually helped. People get a notice, and they ask, why do I have to pay this fee? We've noticed a lot of them start doing something with their property, fix it, sell, it or tear it down," Grondahl told us.

She also advises people to call 911 if they suspect a building is vacant or abandoned, or if people are going into a vacant building when they shouldn't be.

As for the shooting, police said they do not believe there is a threat to the public.

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