Police seek person of interest in fatal Duluth shooting

By Adelle Whitefoot

One man is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an early morning shooting Saturday in downtown Duluth.

Duluth police responded to the 100 block of West First Street at 12:55 a.m. to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The 31-year-old man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting does not appear to be random and the parties appear to be known to each other, police said.

Travis Busch, 35, who lives near where the shooting took place and is originally from Texas, said he was watching TV when he heard the gunshot.

“I knew it was a gunshot because I’m familiar with guns,” he said. “As soon as I heard it I called 911 and went to my window.”

Busch, who has lived in Duluth for eight years, said he saw the man across the street from his apartment lying on the ground.

“There was a group of people surrounding him trying to resuscitate him from what it looked like,” he said.

According to police, there are no suspects in custody at this time, but the investigation has identified a person of interest. The Duluth Police Department Violent Crimes Unit is asking anyone with information to contact them at (218) 730-5050.

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information was available at press time. The victim’s name is being withheld at this time pending family notification.