MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - A man has died after a shooting outside Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis Friday afternoon has died, as a funeral for one of the people killed in a downtown shooting last month was taking place.
The shooting occurred around 12:41 p.m. on the 1200 block of West Broadway Avenue, according to Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson John Elder. The funeral for 24-year-old Christopher Jones Jr., one of the two people shot and killed outside the Monarch nightclub, was taking place in the church at the time.
"All of a sudden the crowd that was outside came running into the church saying, ‘they’re shooting, they’re shooting, they’re shooting’," Bishop Richard Howell Jr. told FOX 9.
The shooting suspect left the scene before officers arrived, Elder said. A short time later, officers located a vehicle and took multiple people into custody. It is unclear whether or not the shooting suspect was among those arrested.
One victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition, but later died at the hospital. A second victim with non-life threatening injuries also showed up at the hospital via private vehicle.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Dontevius Ahmad Catchings, 29, of Minneapolis. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The medical examiner listed his manner of death as homicide.
Howell said two friends who "wanted to have it out between themselves" were shooting at each other in the parking lot outside the church. He believed they had both had attended the funeral.
"To host a funeral of this magnitude, of course, we certainly have to understand that there’s a lot of grief a lot of mourning and a lot of anger," Howell said. "We understand that, but we certainly have to understand what steps to take so we cannot have this repeated again."
The shooting remains under investigation.