Shop worker dies after customer impales him with a golf club

Minneapolis police car

A shop assistant has died after a customer beat him and impaled him with a golf club.

The 66-year-old was attacked on Friday at the Oak Grove Grocery, a small store in a residential area near downtown Minneapolis.

A 44-year-old suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police responded to a call just before 1pm and found the victim behind the counter with a golf club impaled through his torso.

He later died at a hospital.

Information from witnesses led police to an apartment building across the street – and police say the suspect had barricaded himself inside for six hours.

After lengthy negotiations, officers took the man into custody without incident.

Police are still investigating to determine what prompted the attack.

Neighbours told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the man had been a fixture at the shop for a long time.

“We are broken; our hearts are broken,” said Manuela Torres, a friend of the victim.

A memorial set up outside the store was adorned with candles, flowers and a photo.

“We know this neighbourhood is hurting tonight,” police chief Brian O’Hara said.

Source:  Sky News

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