Friday, June 3, 2011

Update on a MN Memorial Weekend Shooting

From the STrib on Friday, June 3, 2011:

Charge: Man ran up to car in Mpls., fatally shot victim in temple

Guled Hashi Mohamed confronted two men on a downtown Minneapolis street and accused them of following him before a third man ran up and fatally shot him in the temple, according to charges filed Friday.
Biyamin Beiti Omar, 28, of Hopkins, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree intentional murder in the death Sunday night of Mohamed, 26, of Burnsville. Omar was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Mohamed, a college graduate, was among six people shot late Sunday or early Monday during a night of unusually heavy gunfire in the city.
According witnesses cited in the criminal complaint:
Late Sunday night, Mohamed was a passenger in a car parked near a bar at 18th Street and Nicollet Avenue. Two men came up to the car, and the driver pulled away, prompting the two men to give chase on foot.
The driver stopped, and Mohamed got out and said, "You know me. Why are you following me?"
Mohamed got back in the car, and another man ran toward the car and fired his gun two or three times. Mohamed was wounded in his right temple and died at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Witnesses helped lead police to Omar, who said he was in the area when the shooting occurred but was not involved, didn't witness the crime and didn't see anyone with a gun.
Mohamed is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Moorhead, volunteered for AmeriCorps and planned to attend graduate school at St. Cloud State University, family said. He had a criminal record that in addition to minor offenses included a 2010 felony conviction for terroristic threats, for which he was sentenced to probation.
His family said he came from Somalia to the United States at age 12 and worked hard to attend college and support his family. He was the father of 6-month-old Fatimah, and his wife was expecting a second child. Besides them, survivors include his parents and seven siblings.

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