Victim of South Minneapolis Deadly Shooting Identified

Updated: 07/11/2013 12:35 PM By: Jennie Olson

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

Police have arrested two men suspected of fatally shooting one man and wounding another in South Minneapolis.

Twenty-four-year-old Diamond Lee Jamal Griffin and 22-year-old Ryan Grant are awaiting criminal charges, according to Minneapolis police. 

Police say the shooting happened around 11:21 p.m. Monday, July 8, on the 3600 block of Columbus Avenue.

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Francisco Benitez Hernandez of Minneapolis. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Hernandez died from gunshot wounds and the death has been ruled a homicide.

The homicide is the fifth of the year in the third precinct and the 16th in all of Minneapolis.

More violence happened in the same neighborhood less than a month ago. About a block away, the city’s 12th homicide of the year happened June 17 when 35-year-old Daniel Maniece was killed in a shooting on the 3500 block of Chicago Avenue South.

At this time last year, there were two homicides in the third precinct and 14 citywide.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-8477.