Minneapolis police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place early Sunday morning in the parking lot of an Uptown bar.
The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. in the Mortimer's Bar parking lot on Franklin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue S.
Two men were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but one of them died upon arrival. The second victim is currently in critical condition, and it is not clear if there is any relationship between the two.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed 31-year-old Reginald Antwine Haynes Sr. died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. The other victim has not been identified.
Hayws walked into Mortimer's just after 12:30 a.m., and police say the shooting that made it the last night out he would ever have was not a random incident.
"These folks did have a fight -- an altercation amongst themselves," Inspector Tony Diaz told FOX 9 News.
Investigators say an argument earlier in the evening had deadly consequences, but Haynes' mother said her son was simply caught in the crossfire.
"There was no argument. It wasn't even meant for him," Mercedes Haynes said. "Kind of like the wrong place at the wrong time."
Haynes was shot four times in a hail of bullets that riddled the fence around the bar's patio, and Mercedes told FOX 9 News witnesses described her son as a hero.
"At the end, he saved somebody's life," she said. "There was a pregnant girl in the way, and Reggie shielded her, stopped her from getting killed."
Haynes, himself a father of two, was expecting a third in December.
"I talked to him at 12:41," said Ciarra Hermon, Haynes' girlfriend. "That last thing he told me was that he loved me. That was my baby."
While Haynes does have a lengthy criminal history, his mother described him as a man with a kind heart who lived a fun, fast life; however, she said he had chosen a new path. Still, she couldn't be sure if his past hadn't caught up with him.
"We've all done things we regret," she said, "but as long as he got it right in the end, that's what matters."
Police are still searching for suspects, and they say this type of activity is abnormal in the Uptown neighborhood.
Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the MPD tipline at 612-692-TIPS (8477).
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