Minneapolis teen pleads guilty in murder of rival gang member

Mahad Ali Photo: Hennepin County . Mahad Ali

Updated: April 21, 2020 03:40 PM
Created: April 21, 2020 03:18 PM

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.

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.

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