shooting victim apparently hit by mistake
Adams, Star Tribune
brothers from Coon Rapids arrived at a south
Minneapolis house for a barbecue about 12:30
a.m. Sunday, but the gathering was already
we sat around on the front lawn, talking
and telling jokes like we always do,"
said Richie Dunbar, 21. Minutes later, shots
rang out across the street. The brothers
and two friends ran for Dunbar's car, parked
a few doors away in the 3700 block of Oakland
Av. S. After piling in, Dunbar looked around
and didn't see his older brother, Richmond
Eric Dunbar, 29.
didn't care if it was firecrackers or shots,
I got out to find Eric," Dunbar said.
"I ran to the house and saw him on
the sidewalk with a gunshot in his head."
his other brother called 911, Dunbar tried
to talk to Eric, who appeared to be unconscious.
"His eyes were open," he said.
"Those cowards just started shooting
bullets at the house he was standing at."
Eric Dunbar was taken to Hennepin County
Medical Center, where he lingered until
Sunday night, with a room full of relatives
appears that the victim, a Marine veteran,
was an innocent bystander, Lt. Lee Edwards
said Monday morning.
said police have no idea what the motive
was for the shooting.
said they haven't had trouble recently on
their block in the Central neighborhood.
Larry Ashley, who said he heard three shots,
pointed to a bullet hole in the siding of
the house of the neighbor who had the barbecue.
"Nobody knows the reason," he
said. "He might come back and do it
don't know who the intended target was,
said Capt. Rich Stanek, but "there
is no indication [the shooting] was random."
Dunbar, 26, who also heard the shots, said
he and his brother, the victim, whom they
called Eric, emigrated to the United States
with their father in 1991 to escape a civil
war in Liberia that had claimed the life
of another brother.
father, Richard Dunbar, died in 1992, and
the children lived with their mother in
Texas until 1996. Then they moved to the
Twin Cities, Emmet said.
of 12 siblings, Eric Dunbar served six years
in the U.S. Marines before being honorably
discharged in 2001, said his sister, Ellen
Dunbar, 39, who helped raise him. Then he
earned a degree in music production engineering
from Musictech College in St. Paul. He loved
mixing and producing audio tracks in his
bedroom studio, she said. His job was assembling
workout equipment at Life Time Fitness in
Dunbar said Eric got his clothes at a dollar
store but bought the best mixing and audio
equipment he could find for his studio,
called Special Forces Entertainment, which
he dreamed of building into a big moneymaker
by producing hip-hop music.
loved music [and] this country," he
added, noting that his brother will be buried
in his Marine dress uniform.
said Eric liked listening to CNN news and
commentator Bill O'Reilly. He often brought
up political or other topics to debate at
dinner with his more liberal siblings, Richie
said. Eric was proud of being a Marine and
fighting for America's freedoms, especially
free speech, which they didn't have in Liberia,
added, "He told us, 'I would die so
you guys can speak your mind.' "