MINNEAPOLIS — A man has been charged in the death of another person for the alleged benefit of a gang, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
Mahad Jama Ali, 18, of Minneapolis, has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Mustafa Ali, of Minneapolis, according to the Attorney's Office.
Minneapolis police were dispatched to the area of 23rd Avenue North and Aldrich Avenue North on Friday at around 6:25 p.m. for a shooting, according to the criminal complaint.
The caller told officials they heard six to eight shots and that there was someone on the ground, the complaint states.
When officers arrived, they stopped a vehicle that dispatched told them had a victim in the back, according to the complaint.
One of the occupants of the vehicle told police "my brother is shot," according to the complaint.
Police looked inside the vehicle and noticed a man laying on the rear passenger side seat with blood on his face, the complaint said.
Officers attempted to speak to the victim but he was unresponsive, according to officials.
The victim had two bullet wounds in his chest and was declared dead on the scene, the complaint reads.
Police say the victim is known to them as a high-ranking member of the "Somali Outlaws," according to the complaint.
Officers had noticed a silver Nissan Altima that appeared to be following the Impala, and that same vehicle showed up at Hennepin Healthcare, where the occupants were detained, the complaint states.
The occupants are known by police as documented members of the 1627 Boys gang, according to the complaint.
Police were were at Hennepin Healthcare when a Jeep pulled up, and a man subsequently identified as Mahad Jama Ali got out of the car, ran towards the hospital and yelled that he had been shot, according to the complaint.
Mahad Ali underwent surgery for a bullet wound, the complaint states.
Interviews with witnesses and surveillance video show the driver of the Jeep picked up an alleged drug dealer on Broadway Avenue, and drove him to 23rd and Aldrich Avenue North so the dealer could sell to someone else, according to the complaint. That person was Mahad Ali, who got into the backseat of the Jeep. Less than a minute later Mustafa Ali walked up to the backseat door of the Jeep and the two men fired at each other, according to the criminal complaint.