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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The two men who were killed at an illegal late night party shooting in north Minneapolis Friday have been identified.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the victims as 32-year-old Demetrius Harper, of Minneapolis, and 23-year-old Erick Felton, of Harrisburg, Pa.

Authorities say both died due to multiple gun shot wounds and their cause of death has been ruled as a homicide.

Officers were called to a commercial building on the 3800 block of Fremont Avenue North about 3 a.m. Friday on a report of shots fired. Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty says 50 to 100 people were gathered at an “after hours establishment” when the shooting occurred.

Police say they’ve been called to the late night club 15 times before, and that there was a shooting at that location just last month. The city said zoning inspectors deemed it illegal in November, and have since issued three more citations.

The club owners will likely face charges, as the city said they are looking into shutting the club down.

Both Harper and Felton died at the scene, one inside and one outside the building. A third victim showed up to Hennepin County Medical Center about 20 minutes later with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses at the scene said there was an argument before the shootings took place. Police said they have no suspects in custody, and anyone with information on what happened is asked to call Minneapolis Police at (612) 692-8477.

Police say the public is not at risk and the incident is still under investigation.

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