Suspect charged with murder for March 3 shooting in Minnetonka 

Marcus Hallmark, 25, of Columbia Heights, has been charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Thomas Russ, 32, of Minneapolis, at a Minnetonka park-and-ride ramp.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charge Tuesday, March 7. Hallmark is expected to make his first appearance Wednesday, March 8, and prosecutors will seek $1 million bail. Hallmark faces between 3 and 40 years in prison if convicted.

Police officers were dispatched at approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday, March 3 to a park-and-ride ramp at 11201 Wayzata Blvd., and found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim, identified as Russ by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses stated that Russ was the boyfriend of the defendant’s sister. Russ and the defendant, along with two witnesses, had driven to the park and ride to pick up and repair the witness’ car, which had been left there with a flat tire.

The witnesses alleged that while Russ and Hallmark were working on the car, a loud bang was heard and Russ was seen with his hands in the air. Hallmark allegedly had a black handgun, which he allegedly put to Russ’ head and pulled the trigger. He was then allegedly observed fleeing on foot.

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