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Minneapolis Teen Shot at ‘Boyz’ Debut Dies

July 18, 1991

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A 17-year-old boy who was shot at the debut of the inner-city drama ″Boyz N the Hood″ has died, becoming the second person in the nation to be killed in violence at theaters showing the film.

Jitu Jones of Minneapolis died Wednesday evening at Hennepin County Medical Center of injuries he suffered when he was shot in the neck, a nursing supervisor said.

Jones had been in critical condition after the shooting early Saturday. He never regained consciousness.

One man was killed at a showing of ″Boyz″ in the Chicago area last weekend, and five people were shot in and around a theater in the Los Angeles area.

The movie by first-time filmmaker John Singleton is an anti-gang story about teen-agers growing up in south-central Los Angeles. It has been a critical and box-office hit.

In Minneapolis, shooting erupted Saturday outside the downtown Skyway 6 theater, injuring six. Police said a shot was fired in the theater and part of the crowd spilled into the street. Jones was the only person whose injuries were life-threatening.

Police say the bullet that struck Jones apparently was intended for someone else. No arrests have been made in what authorities said was a gun battle involving members of two rival gangs.

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