2 Men Charged in Little Earth Shooting of 13-Year-Old

January 03, 2018 04:17 PM

Two men have been charged with attempted murder in connection to the shooting of a 13-year-old boy in the Little Earth community in south Minneapolis.

Brandyn Lee Wilson and Andrew Jonathan Townsend, both 21, are each facing one count of second-degree attempted murder after the shooting, which took place just before 11 p.m. on Oct. 9 on the 2400 block of Ogema Place.


They are scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

RELATED: Little Earth Residents Protest after 13-Year-Old Shot in Head

According to the criminal complaint, officers arriving on the scene found a 13-year-old male lying face down with a gunshot wound to the head.

Witnesses reported seeing three men, including one carrying a firearm, both before and after the shooting. Surveillance video also reportedly shows Wilson, Townsend and an unidentified third male.

Townsend is alleged to have been the individual in possession of the handgun.

The surveillance video, according to court documents, shows the three men walking across the parking lot of the housing complex seconds before the victim falls to the ground.

Community activist James Cross said several relatives of the child say he's still in the hospital with a positive prognosis.

"He's getting better every day but it's still going to be a struggle for him," Cross said.

RELATED: 13-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition after Little Earth Shooting

The shooting initially sparked protests in the Little Earth community.

"When somebody gets shot that is a kid in our community, that affects all of us," Cross said. "That's saying our community is not safe for our children."

He commended the residents who stepped forward and identified both Townsend and Wilson.

"We want everybody to know we aren't allowing this violent behavior in our community anymore," Cross said. "We're going to stand up, we're going to fight it, we're going to hold them accountable."

Both Wilson and Townsend are currently in custody. The complaint states the victim remains in critical condition.


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