A 15-year-old Minneapolis boy will be tried as an adult for the death of 5-year-old Nizzel George, according to an announcement by the Hennepin County attorney's office Thursday.
The Pioneer Press reports Julian Kijuan Lamar Anderson was indicted in August on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder connected to the June 26 death of Nizzel George.
Standing trial with Anderson is Stephon Shannon, 17, also of Minneapolis, who faces the same charges.
Investigators report that the shooting was tied to a months-long dispute between two North Side gangs: the Skitz Squad and the Y.N.T. According to the Star Tribune, that night, someone shot several .40-caliber rounds into a house known to be a Skitz Squad hangout. Hours later, Anderson and Shannon allegedly stood on the street and fired shots into Nizzel's house where one Y.N.T member and an associate were staying.
5-year-old Nizzel was asleep on his grandmother's couch when he was hit. No one else was injured.