Minneapolis teen pleads guilty in murder of rival gang member

A Minneapolis teen charged in connection to a deadly shootout that occurred in October 2019 has pleaded guilty.

According to court records, Mahad Jama Ali, 18, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 7.

Minneapolis teen pleads not guilty in murder of rival gang member

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the area of 23rd Street and Aldrich Avenue North just before 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 on a report of gunshots.

The complaint states officers pulled over a Chevrolet Impala after learning a victim suffering from a gunshot wound was in the vehicle. Officers then provided first aid to the victim but he died at the scene. The man was identified as 25-year-old Mustafa Ali, a "high-ranking member" of a local gang, according to authorities.

The complaint said officers noticed a vehicle that appeared to be following the Impala later arrived at Hennepin County Medical Center, and the two men in the vehicle were identified by police as members of a gang that had a rivalry with the victim. Not long after the men arrived at the hospital, a vehicle carrying Mahad Ali arrived. The complaint said he was suffering from a gunshot wound and needed emergency surgery.

Interviews and surveillance video showed police that Mahad Ali was in the back seat of a vehicle when Mustafa Ali walked up to the door and the two began to shoot at each other.