Rochester Police said Monday morning that the shooting death of a 28-year-old man followed a dice game that turned into a brawl.
The victim was identified by police as Todd Lorne Banks Jr. A second 28-year-old man was injured in the incident. Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen said the man was in critical but stable condition.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a police officer on duty witnessed a shooting in downtown Rochester at the corner of First Avenue Southwest and Third Street Southwest.
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A man was arrested by this officer. The man, identified as Nautica Delshaun Cox, 22, of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, is being held at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center for second degree murder.
A second man was arrested about two hours later after he was seen leaving an apartment complex in southeast Rochester. He is identified as Derrick Timothy Days, 28, of South St. Paul, Minnesota, also being held at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center for second degree murder.
Neither man was due to be brought to justice on Monday in Olmsted County District Court. Court records indicate that the two men may have been on probation at the time of this incident.
Police said a group of at least five men were playing dice in the vicinity of First Avenue and Third Street Southwest when a brawl broke out and then shots were fired.
An officer on patrol in the area reportedly saw Cox firing his gun and was able to lead his team into the area and place Cox under arrest.
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Rochester Police executed several search warrants on two apartments and a number of vehicles on Sunday. Moilanen said the gun Cox allegedly used has been recovered, but police have not located the gun allegedly used by Days.
The shooting is unrelated to the one that happened Friday night in a parking lot near Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Rochester.
In that case, a 21-year-old Rochester man suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to hospital by a private car. No arrests were made in this incident.