2 Shot in Brooklyn Park, MN, Grocery Store; Suspect Kills SelfA man killed himself after being tracked down by police as a suspect in the fatal shooting of two people in the break room of a Festival Foods grocery store, police said Saturday.
By: Associated Press,
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — A man killed himself after being tracked down by police as a suspect in the fatal shooting of two people in the break room of a Festival Foods grocery store, police said Saturday.
In a news release, police say someone heard several shots from the back of the grocery store and called police at about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Officers went to the employee break room where they found 20-year-old Abigail Fedeli, of Brooklyn Park, dead from a gunshot wound. A man, who has not yet been identified, also was shot and later died at a local hospital.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Fedeli died of one gunshot wound to the neck.
Police say they soon identified a male ex-acquaintance of the woman as a suspect and tracked him to Minneapolis.
The Star Tribune reported that as officers from several jurisdictions closed in, the man shot and killed himself near West River Parkway. His body was found below the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Students watching at the University of Minnesota campus told the newspaper they saw police cars with lights flashing on both sides of the river below the bridge. Several students said they also saw a helicopter hovering with a spotlight.
The parking lot was empty Saturday morning at Festival Foods, which was expected to remain closed until Saturday evening. A sign on the front door read, "Temporarily closed; sorry for the inconvenience."
In a statement issued Saturday, Festival Foods president Lori Youngquist said store employees are "shocked and saddened" and the employee union's staff assistance team was providing crisis support and counseling.
"Our highest priority at this time is the well being of our employees, whom we consider to be our family," the statement said. "Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and we ask that you keep them in your prayers."
Police say they are not searching for any other suspects.
A message left Saturday by The Associated Press for Deputy Chief Craig Enevoldsen was not immediately returned.