Suspect charged in Brooklyn Park park shooting

7:50 AM, Apr 28, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - An 18-year-old Twin Cities man is now charged in a shooting that left a man in critical condition, clinging to his life.

Prosecutors in Hennepin County charged DeShawn Deaondre Roberts with two felony counts of attempted murder and one of first degree assault in the shooting, which took place after an altercation between two groups in Brooklyn Park Tuesday night.

Squads were called to Central Park on the 8400 block of Regent Avenue North just after 8:30 p.m. on a call of shots fired. When they arrived they discovered a 16 year old boy laying on the ground, shot in the head.

The victim was rushed to North Memorial where a bullet was removed from the boy's brain. Damage to the brain is described as extensive, and doctors do not expect him to live.

Officers at the scene learned that a number of individuals were at the park for a BBQ and subsequently became involved in a disagreement. Deshawn Roberts, also known to associates as Lil Y, was going to fight a man in the other group. Witnesses say Roberts pulled a gun and began shooting, firing as many as six or seven shots.

Interviews led to another witness who told police they could find the gun hidden at a residence under a pile of leaves. Detectives recovered the weapon and arrested Roberts.

When questioned, investigators say Roberts admitted to firing the shots, and told them the victim was not his intended target.

If found guilty DeShawn Roberts could face up to 40 years in prison on each of the two attempted murder counts.   

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