Richfield teen charged with shooting teen during drug deal
A Richfield teenager has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting another teen during a drug deal.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the 16-year-old is also charged with two counts of second-degree assault, in addition to attempted second-degree murder. In addition to 16-year-old, a 15-year-old is also charged in connection to the shooting.
According to a juvenile petition, Bloomington police responded to emergency calls of shootings on March 6 near 8300 Chicago Avenue S. A local resident told police two males had run away after gunshots were fired, but police weren't able to find anyone when they arrived.
As police responded, Richfield police found a red Lexus sedan parked on 66th Street W. in Richfield with three shooting victims inside. Police learned the three were involved in the shooting at Chicago Avenue S.
The petition said a 19-year-old victim suffered gunshot wounds to the face and required immediate medical attention. The two other victims were unharmed. Police also found two bullet holes on the sedan.
At the scene of the shooting, officers found three bullet casings and used surveillance footage from the area, which showed two males who fit the descriptions given by the three victims, the petition states.
In the surveillance video, the 16-year-old and the 15-year-old can be seen on Chicago Avenue. When the victims' sedan arrived, the 15-year-old is shown speaking to the victims and gunfire suddenly erupts before the vehicle speeds away and the 15-year-old runs away.
The 16-year-old is shown coming from the same direction where the gunshots came from on the video. He then runs off with the 15-year-old.
The victims told police they were in the area for a drug deal, the petition states.
Authorities executed a search warrant of the 16-year-old's bedroom on March 20 and found a gun believed to have been used in the shooting, the attorney's office said.
Both the 16-year-old and the 15-year-old are detained in the Juvenile Detention Center, according to the attorney's office.
The 16-year-old made his first appearance March 23. His next court appearance is April 27.