A 33-year-old man named Faisal A. Abukar was murdered in Eagan Saturday night down the street from a popular outlet mall, according to police.
Eagan police officers responded to a report of a victim suffering from a gunshot wound on the 1900 block of Silver Bell Road at 6:56 p.m. Saturday night.
“Early indications are the suspect left in a vehicle, crashed nearby and fled on foot. Officers located the suspect and recovered a weapon,” the police department said in a press release.
According to some reports, the suspect was “standing in the intersection” with a gun after the shooting. The victim was shot near the ear, leaving him unconscious but still breathing immediately after the shooting.
Medics were also reportedly called to the scene to assist with a vehicle crash, which is believed to be related.
Eagan detectives and crime scene personnel are actively processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and his condition was “unknown” as of Saturday night. However, police announced Sunday that the medical examiner’s office had pronounced the victim dead.
It’s unclear exactly where the shooting took place, but KSTP reports that there was a large police presence at the Marathon Gas station on the 1900 block of Silver Bell Road and the area was taped off.
The gas station is just down the street from Twin Cities Premium Outlets, a popular shopping mall that was likely filled with Christmas shoppers at the time of the murder.
According to Crime Watch Minneapolis, Sakaria Osman Ahmed, 31, is in custody on probable cause second-degree assault. He has two prior assault convictions.
Eagan – There was a shooting before 7 p.m. Saturday at 19xx Silver Bell Rd. The suspect crashed nearby and was apprehended by police.
Sakaria Osman Ahmed, 31, is in custody on probable cause 2nd degree assault.
— CrimeWatchTwinCities (@CrimeWatchTC) December 19, 2021
This comes as suburban communities throughout the metro grapple with an increase in criminal activity. The mayors and police chiefs of five suburbs met Friday to establish a regional response to crime.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.