MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office wants to try 17-year-old Minneapolis boy as an adult in the fatal shooting of a teenager and the injury of a young man outside a convenience store last Monday.
The shooting took place in broad daylight at the Super USA at the intersection of North Fremont and Dowling avenues. A 19-year-old man was shot and survived. Andre Conley, 17, was shot three times and later died of his injuries.
Minneapolis police said 11 bullet casings were found at the scene; seven from one gun and four from another.
Three days later, police used electronic surveillance to track the 17-year-old suspect around North 7th Street and Lyndale Avenue. Two patrol cars attempted to stop the Chevrolet Impala he was driving, but he fled, first leading the officers in a chase through the North Loop neighborhood.
The suspect then collided with oncoming traffic on Interstate 394W before heading north on Route 169. The chase finally ended when a Golden Valley police car crashed into it in Plymouth.
Police said during the chase, the suspect threw a gun and a cell phone from the car. Tests later showed the weapon was linked to the fatal shooting. Officers also recovered another handgun from the Impala.
He was charged Monday with second degree murder, attempted second degree murder, two counts of felony possession of a firearm and one count of fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle in motor. The teenager first appeared in court on Monday and is still being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center.
Both victims were volunteers for GOP congressional candidate Lacy Johnson, who is challenging Representative Ilhan Omar in the November election. Investigators say the shooting was unrelated to their association with the campaign.