The Star Tribune is reporting one of the victims at the recent "after hours club" shooting was a young man named Erick Felton, age 23. The illegal, unregulated business was apparently called the "Black & Gold Room" though it had no business signage on the exterior.
Like the other victim, Demetrius Harper (who was reportedly a cousin) Erick Felton was no stranger to the criminal court system. Here is his rap sheet from online court records...
27-CR-08-8502 FELTON, ERICK ALLEN 10/30/1989 02/19/2008 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Southdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed Trespass
Convicted. Sentenced to 90 days but 88 days were suspended with credit for two days served. The victim was "Mall of America" and Felton was sentenced to have "no contact" with the victim. At that time his address was Bloomington. A balance of $125 was still due on the fine when Felton died.
27-CR-08-11005 4080075643 4080075643 FELTON, ERICK ALLAN 10/30/1989 03/04/2008 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Southdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed Disorderly conduct in a public or private place. Trespassing
Convicted of disorderly conduct and the other charge was dropped. Conditions included "Stay away from Bloomington Kennedy High School." Felton died owing $50 for a fine.
27-CR-08-22716 FELTON, ERICK ALLAN 10/30/1989 05/08/2008 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Nord, Beryl A. Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed 1st Deg.Aggravated Robbery
Sentenced to 240 days in the workhouse with credit for 52 days. He was on probation which was scheduled to end June 6 of this year. Apparently was ALSO sentenced to 21 months in prison.
27-CR-09-5223 FELTON, ERICK ALLAN 10/30/1989 01/30/2009 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Small, Robert M. Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed Simple Robbery
Looks like he was sentenced to 21 months. Not sure if that ran concurrent with the previously listed charge but, if I read the record correctly, Felton was somehow released on a writ of habeas corpus.
At that point he had a golden opportunity to redeem his life. Instead, he died while involved in god-knows-what at an illegal after hours club, in the company of his cousin Demetrius Harper; a career criminal.