Howard Lake Man Charged in Connection with Shooting

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(Learfield News Service/Foley, MN) — A Howard Lake man is charged with assault and reckless use of a firearm in a drug-related shooting in St. Cloud.

The complaint says 19-year-old Julian Hill met the victim in an alley April 23rd to exchange marijuana for cocaine, but the victim and his partner planned to rob Hill.

He told investigators he handed over the pot and money and they tried to leave. Hill said he fired a shot toward a shadowy figure running away, heard someone yell and then fled in his vehicle.

Police found the victim with a gunshot wound to the head, and a handgun and two bags of cocaine in the alley.

Hill is due in Benton County court in June.

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