Charges: Shooter, 1 victim exchanged words on bus before 2 shot near Target Center
More details from a Thursday night shooting near Target Center that left one man dead and another critically injured have been released.
Malcolm James Lessley, 26, was charged Friday with one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
Minneapolis Police officers responded to a report of a shooting near Parking Ramp A at First Avenue and Ninth Street in downtown Minneapolis at about 9:28 p.m.
According to a criminal complaint, dispatch indicated to officers that the shooting happened on a Metro Transit C-Line bus and one person was shot in the face.
When authorities arrived on scene, they found a man on the ground in a large pool of blood. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. A second man suffering from a gunshot wound to his face was unresponsive and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, the complaint states.
"I want to give my utmost condolences for the loss of life of that young man," Metro Transit Police Chief Eddie Frizell said. "I also want to give my sincere condolences to individuals that had to witness that which was a significant emotional debt for anyone. We want to keep them all in mind."
After witnesses provided physical and clothing descriptions of the shooter, officers a short time later saw two people running from the area on surveillance video and one person matched the descriptions witnesses gave.
Lessley was found a few blocks from the shooting and was taken into custody. The complaint states his appearance and clothing matched descriptions witnesses provided, and a 9mm handgun was found on Lessley's waistband.
The complaint states that Lessley is shown on surveillance video getting on the bus and moving toward the middle seating area. The victim taken to a hospital in critical condition was seen sitting in the back of the bus, and the two men appeared to talk to each other. Lessley is then seen moving several seats closer to the victim before he takes out a handgun and shoots the victim. The complaint states immediately after the shooting that Lessley walked past the other victim and shot him in the side of the head while standing next to a door.
Lessley has a prior conviction for first-degree aggravated robbery with a firearm from 2013, the complaint notes.
His preliminary bail was set at $2 million, and his first court appearance is set for Monday.
Frizell said enhanced safety measures will be announced next week.
"This is the first shooting that has occurred on a metro transit bus in a decade. The Metro Transit Police Department, as well as the Metropolitan Council, are working on enhancing our tactics, techniques, and procedures to make sure that we're still providing for the safety and security of our riders."