Police officers have arrested two men in connection with Monday's fatal shooting at a Richfield pawn shop, after an individual identified the suspects from surveillance images released to the public.
"We're very glad it happened this quickly," said Richfield Police Lt. Jay Henthorne.
The two suspects allegedly robbed Avi Pawn and Jewelry shop in the 6400 block of Nicollet Ave. South at about 6 p.m. Monday night. A customer and an employee attempted to leave the store, but were shot by one of the robbers.
The customer, Malcolm Davon Cowens, 33, of Minneapolis, later died at Hennepin County Medical Center. The employee was treated for gunshot injuries to the arm, and is recovering.
The suspects, a 30-year-old St. Paul man and a 46-year-old Minneapolis man, are in custody at Hennepin County Jail. They have not yet been charged.
Andy Strauss, the pawn shop's owner, said he was relieved to learn of the arrests.
"I appreciate the hard work of law enforcement and support of the community," Strauss said. "This was a very tragic event, and I'm gratified it has been resolved so rapidly. And I hope justice will be served."
Surveillance camera footage captured the two men at the cash register. One suspect appeared to be wearing a security guard uniform.
Law enforcement officials have not yet determined whether the suspect worked for a security company.
The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register, according to police investigators.