MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police are investigating the first homicide of the year after a shooting at a downtown hotel early Saturday morning. Brian Griffin, a 33-year-old man, is now behind bars awaiting charges.

Visitors at the Millennium Hotel came and went Saturday, unaware of the police presence earlier this morning after the shooting.

“I didn’t hear anything at night or anything,” said Janelle Bengtson, a guest at the Millennium Hotel.

It was around 2:30 a.m. when Minneapolis Police found a man dead inside a hotel room, the victim of a shooting. Several people had rented a room on one of the upper floors of the hotel.

“We don’t believe there’s a public safety risk, sounds like these parties possibly knew each other,” said Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department.

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An arrest came quickly and not far away. Officers heard the alleged shooter ran to the Hyatt across the street.  A short time later, police had Griffin in handcuffs.

“Knowing there’s an arrest, I’m definitely glad to know that,” said Bengtson.

It is the first homicide of the year in Minneapolis and happened in an area not accustomed to seeing violent crime.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim Saturday afternoon as 33-year-old Jeremy Robert Shannon, a white man from Minneapolis. The report says Shannon died on the ninth floor of the hotel from several multiple wounds.

“I’ve been a police officer in this city 21 years and I haven’t seen any shootings, let alone homicides, at our downtown hotels,” said Sgt. McCarty.

“It is pretty shocking, like I mentioned earlier, I do feel like this area is a lot safer than most areas,” said Erica Villarreal, who lives nearby.

Police do think there were witnesses to this shooting and are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

Comments (35)
  1. Murderapolis says:

    We are not even one and half months into the year and what is the murder count up to? Way to go Minneapolis, I am so proud of you and your efforts to be “progressive.”

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      “the first homicide of the year” one and a half months into the year and the murder count is up to ONE.

      1. Murderapolis says:

        You are absolutely right Richard, about time they update the story. I confused all those gang shootings for homicides. My mistake.

  2. Brian says:

    It’s kind of ironic that today’s groupon is for this hotel.

    1. Gawd made me says:

      Did it include a late night bullet too?

  3. Faith says:

    Thank you Kevin. My brother is a Native American. Yes I wish people won’t worry so much about color also.

    1. Faith says:

      He wasn’t in a bar…he was minding his own business in his hotel room.

      1. Murderapolis says:

        sorry for your loss

      2. hopeforthebest says:

        I agree with your points about thinking of the victims family but they should not seek comfort on comment boards on the internet.

        I can’t imagine that a hotel room has ever been used for an after party after a night of drinking downtown or as a location outside of one’s home to conduct drug deals either.

        Nonetheless, it is sad that it happened but am glad that they were able to find who is they believe is responsible.

  4. LINDA says:

    this is why no one wants the stadium down town.you try to find a place to park and then get mugged and shot on the way to see a game.that sound like fun.I stopped going down town and will not return and alot of other people i know
    have too.we can have just as much fun closer to home and not worry about getting robbed and shot.

    1. Anonyomous says:

      Yeeeeaaaahhh this happend at 2:30 A.M. What sporting events are going on during this time?

    2. BettyC says:

      I live near downtown and I will tell you It is as safe as anywhere in the Metro area. If someone is going to be murdered they most likely know the person. That can happen in Minneapolis, Maple Grove or Montrose. Location is moot.

    3. Jennifer N Jason says:

      They said on kstp news this morning that more people want the stadium downtown and to replace the metrodome. So I am not really sure on where you get no one.

  5. Jim says:

    I have to wonder if this were a black man or an asian man if that would have been reported? Think about it, have you seen any similar article lately that describes the ethnic background of the person involved?

    Then why would WCCO report that this was a white man?

    If you are going to be politically correct in your reporting, do it across the board WCCO. But if you are not, then be fair and balanced across the board!

    1. Zee says:

      Jim – the victim’s race was probably revealed in order to prevent a big kerfuffle about race, as in people being upset after assumming that another person of color has become the vicitm of violence. I appreciate it, maybe. Now I can read comments about White Trash instead of commnets about the Evil White Man oppressing minorities. Nice little variety we have here, thanks to that detail.

  6. ................ says:

    confused?? griffin and jeremy were good friends!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Sue Terry says:

    I am so sorry Faith. sorry for your loss.

  8. Ash says:

    We will see when the CRIMINAL HISTORY of both of them come out tomorrow!!!!!

  9. @FAith says:

    I always love when immediate family heads to CCo comment boards for closure hours after their close one is murdered, oh wait they don’t some person always lies and claims to be family. Get a Life, and if it is your brother grieve with your family and get off the computer.

    1. Faith says:

      That is an awful thing to say. You don’t know me. Please keep your mean commets to yourself.

    2. Jennifer N Jason says:

      EVERYBODY! grieves in different ways. Who are you to tell anybody what to do?? Maybe it is you who has no life so you have to message on boards where your input doesn’t matter! I for one am on here reading the story and all the disgraceful comments that your grandmothers would be ashamed to hear come out of your mouths. I live in Brooklyn Center and grew up around these people I may not have been a direct friend of them but I have friends that were. It is none of your business how people seek comfort and I for one would want to know what Dirt bags like you are saying about my family so I could reply to shut up!

  10. Big Difference says:

    Any person here making comments of the danger of Minneapolis is clueless, this was a murder by people that knew each other, this could have happened at a Motel 6 in Maple Grove, when you have crime of people that know each other location means nothing, yet you have Linda saying thats why no1 wants a stadium downtown.

    1. Jennifer N Jason says:


  11. WOW says:

    Just looked at Jeremy’s criminal record and I all can say is, WOW! No loss here at all. Multiple domestic assault, burglary, and posession charges. About 9 serious convictions since 99. Bye bye dirt bag.

    1. Jennifer N Jason says:

      How do you even know that is the same person??? Do not judge until you walk a mile in anyone’s footsteps.

  12. melissa says:

    Wow! First of all his name is Jeremy, not “dirt bag”! Just because he had a bad past criminal history does NOT make him any less of a man. Jeremy was on a good path tuning his life around for the better, he will be truly missed by his 5 yr. old son, and 12 yr. old daughter, and many other family and friends that were close to him. So please don’t speak on this situation when you don’t even know the details.

    1. @Mel says:

      Turning his life around in a Minneapolis hotel at 2am with other drug dealers, I love how they’re always turning their lives around when things like this happen.

    2. Faith says:

      Thank you Melissa.

  13. B.T says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  14. 8 0 says:

    Does it get any lower than disrespecting the dead?? You have nothing better to do than throw salt on grieving peoples wounds. Be careful about judging other people,especially the dead for that is not your job,instead ask Jesus to forgive you in your Evil ways. I am proud to say that Jeremy was a good friend,great person and he had a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed by many,so could you please keep the disrespectful thoughts to yourselves.Thank you R I P Jeremy, Love you brother

  15. Tom says:

    Brian Griffin, it is all in the upbringing and parenting, Peter should be ashamed of himself.

    1. Cherohn says:

      Brain wasnt like this as a kid! His mother tried her best with both of her boys!

  16. Natalie says:

    Jeremy was a great friend. He will be missed by all who actually knew him.

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