A shooting in 2021 outside a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis that left two men dead, including a senior at the University of St. Thomas, and seven others injured resulted in the conviction of a St. Paul man on Wednesday of nine felonies.
According to the Hennepin County attorney’s office, a jury convicted Jawan Contrail Carroll, 25, guilty of two charges of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted second-degree murder. Carroll’s sentencing is set for December 12.
According to a statement made by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in a news release from his office, “This was an absolutely unnecessary act of violence, and I am happy that justice has been done in this instance.” “I hope that this verdict may begin to provide some closure to all of those who have been affected by this awful occurrence,” the judge said.
On May 22, 2021, just before 2:00 a.m., while the Monarch nightclub was closing, a shooting took place.
During a dispute outside the club, Carroll started shooting at Brooklyn Park resident Christopher Jones, 24, with a revolver, causing Jones to run for shelter. He pulled out a handgun of his own and opened fire after discovering none.
Jones and Charlie Johnson, a 21-year-old University of St. Thomas student from St. Louis Park who was set to graduate a few hours later, were both slain in the exchange. The shooting also injured seven other people.
Carroll was apprehended the next day at a Bloomington hotel after police used surveillance footage from cameras put on surrounding buildings to identify him as a suspect.