Police investigating first homicide of 2016

Minneapolis police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man early on New Year’s Day in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 12:37 a.m. on the 500 block of 8th Avenue Southeast and found the shooting victim, James Edward Bills of West St. Paul. He was taken to HCMC where he later died of complications of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

MPD Insp. Katherine Waite, commander of the 2nd Precinct, has organized a community meeting Monday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 500 8th Ave. SE, to discuss the homicide. MPD staff, chaplains and community members will also be door knocking the area to obtain information and offer support.

The MPD asks anyone with that information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin message with: TIP674.  The case number is 16-000079.

Minneapolis had 49 homicides in 2015, up from 32 in 2014, according to police records.

 (Below: Location of shooting)