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Authorities search for Minnesota man suspected in double homicide

WILLMAR, Minn. -- A second victim has died aftera shooting at a Granite Falls, Minn., home early on the morning of Labor Day. KARE-TV reported Sunday that Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, Minn., died at Hennepin County Medical Center i...

Andrew Dikken
Dikken, seen in this undated photo, turned himself in at the Renville County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

WILLMAR, Minn. -- A second victim has died aftera shooting at a Granite Falls, Minn., home early on the morning of Labor Day.

KARE-TV reported Sunday that Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, Minn., died at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.

Panitzke's family wrote on his CaringBridge site that his condition had deteriorated over the past 24 hours and he died at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting also claimed the life of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls.

The man sought in what has now become a double homicide apparently remains at large.

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Authorities had no new information to report over the weekend in the search for Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville, Minn.

Authorities have described Dikken as a "person of interest," but Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue said in an interview Friday that Dikken "took someone's life and gravely injured another" and has to be considered a danger to the public.

After a week of searching that included combing through woodlands and tall grass along the Minnesota River, Dikken has not been found. His abandoned pickup truck was discovered Wednesday in a gravel pit off a rural road south of Sacred Heart.

The West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minn., and the News Tribune are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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