Gang Member Arrested in Killing of Minneapolis Teen
A suspected gang member from Richfield was charged with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager playing football behind his Minneapolis home during his cousin's birthday party, the Star Tribune reported.
Edgar Rene Barrientos-Quintana,25, is being held in the Hennepin County jail on $2 million bail, accused of killing Jesse Leon Omar Mickelson, 18, on Oct. 11.
Witnesses told police that a car came through an alley in and Barrientos-Quintana reached out of the window from the back seat and fired several shots.
Mickelson, a student at Roosevelt High School and aspiring rapper, was shot twice in the upper body, police said.
Witnesses said they either recognized the shooter as "Smoky" or by his real name. Police knew of a "Smoky" being Barrientos-Quintana and a Surenos gang member, according to a criminal complaint.
He was arrested last Wednesday in Plymouth and told police that he was a gang member and was familiar with the home where the shooting occurred.
The criminal complaint did not offer a motive for the shooting. Mickelson's guardian has speculated that the shots were aimed at people living in a nearby house.
Source: Star Tribune