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Man charged in connection to fatal North Minneapolis shooting involving rival gang members

Mahad Ali Photo: Hennepin County
Mahad Ali

Updated: October 15, 2019 08:00 PM

An 18-year-old man was charged in connection to a shootout that killed a man belonging to a rival gang, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. 

The release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Mahad Ali has been charged with one count of second-degree murder. 

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Police were called Friday just before 6:30 p.m. to the area of 23rd Street and Aldrich Avenue North on the report of gunshots. 

According to a criminal complaint, officers pulled over a Chevy Impala after learning a victim of a gunshot wound was in the vehicle. Officers provided first aid to the victim, however, he died at the scene. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office identified the man as 25-year-old Mustafa Ali. 

According to the complaint and the county attorney's office, Mustafa Ali was known as a "high ranking member" of a local gang. 

The complaint said officers noticed a vehicle that appeared to be following the Chevy Impala arrived later at Hennepin County Medical Center. The complaint said the two men in the vehicle were identified by police as members of a gang that had a rivalry with Mustafa Ali's gang. 

Not long after the two men arrived at Hennepin County Medical Center, a vehicle arrived with Mahad Ali. The complaint said he had suffered a gunshot wound and needed emergency surgery. 

The county attorney's office said interviews with witnesses and surveillance video indicates that the driver of the vehicle Mahad Ali arrived in picked up a drug dealer on Broadway Avenue and drove him to 23rd Street and Aldrich Avenue to sell drugs to Mahad Ali. According to the county attorney's office, the two men who arrived at the hospital prior to Mahad Ali's arrival were the men who dropped him off at 23rd Street and Aldrich Avenue. 

The complaint says Mahad Ali got into the backseat of the vehicle. Soon after, Mustafa Ali walked up to the door of the vehicle and the two began to shoot at each other. 

If found guilty, Mahad Ali could face up to 40 years in prison. 

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