Eric Woodrow Hayes, 41, died from injuries at a hospital after being shot Saturday night, July 24, at the Loaf 'N Jug at 1201 N. University Drive, the Fargo Police Department confirmed Monday. Officers have arrested 40-year-old Raymond Christoph Gunn of Fargo on suspicion of murder.

Few details have been released on what led up to the shooting. The killing remains under investigation, a police spokesperson said.

Police continue to investigate whether the two men know each other, the spokesperson said. Kristie Janssen, Hayes' fiancee, told WDAY-TV she had not heard of Gunn before he was arrested.

40-year-old Raymond Christoph Gunn being handcuffed by Fargo police officers.
40-year-old Raymond Christoph Gunn being handcuffed by Fargo police officers.

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Criminal charges had not been filed against Gunn as of Monday evening.

Instead of celebrating his 41st birthday Sunday, July 25, the Hayes family and friends spent the day grieving and wondering what happened.

Janssen said her fiancee left the house at 10 p.m. Saturday to visit a friend's house.

"(He) told me to go to sleep, and he loved me, and he would be home soon ... I told him to hurry home," she recalled.

Janssen said it was just a few hours later when she got the worst call of her life

"I'm just numb from the grief and just thinking this is all a bad dream sitting here waiting for him to come in the house and tell me he's home," she said. "But I know he's never coming home."

Police say Gunn shot and killed Hayes outside the Loaf 'N Jug across the street from the NDSU campus around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Raymond Gunn
Raymond Gunn

Most witnesses at the scene said they didn't hear anything before the gunshot, though one witness said Hayes was asking for a cigarette outside of the gas station before the shooting.

Other witnesses said Gunn got napkins from the gas station to try and help the man he allegedly shot. When police arrived, witnesses said Gunn gave his gun to the police and apologized.

Janssen said she had been with Hayes for three years, and it was tough to explain the loss to her children.

Raymond Gunn does not have a criminal history in Minnesota or North Dakota, according to court records.