Twin Cities weekend crime recap

At least five people were shot in Minneapolis in less than 24 hours on Sunday, including one victim who died.

Uptown Minneapolis shooting crime scene Aug. 14 (Submitted to Crime Watch)

Carson Thomas McCoy, 21, of Blaine was charged in Anoka County Thursday after charges say he stole a gun in a burglary and then fired shots at three motorcyclists in Ham Lake on Wednesday. McCoy was arrested along with alleged burglary accomplice Hannah Marie Olson, 24, of North Branch, after fleeing from police and crashing into a tree at a park in Blaine following the shots fired incident.

Carson Thomas McCoy and Hannah Marie Olson/Anoka County Jail

In May, McCoy was granted several stayed felony sentences and had numerous other felony cases and charges dismissed in Hennepin County, including several charges of burglary, auto theft and narcotics. McCoy was placed on probation at that time despite the fact that he also has several open felony cases in Anoka County. McCoy and Olson were both charged with second-degree burglary, and McCoy was additionally charged with second-degree assault and fleeing police. All charges are felonies. Both made their first court appearances on the new charges on Friday and remained in custody as of noon Monday on bail amounts of $300,000 and $50,000, respectively.

Minneapolis police on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect in a shooting that occurred in downtown the evening prior. On Wednesday at about 5:45 p.m., police in the area aired to dispatch a report of shots fired near 9th and Nicollet Mall, according to dispatch audio at the time. They quickly updated the incident to a shooting and reported that a person was down in front of the US Bancorp Center building on the 800 block of Nicollet Mall. The suspect was reported to be a black female who got into a vehicle after the shooting and left the scene. Further audio indicated that the victim was an approximately 20-year-old female who had been transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police said in their statement that a verbal altercation had escalated to gunfire and that the victim suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. Police said the female suspect later turned herself in and she was booked into Hennepin County Jail. Police said they also recovered a gun.

Perishea Laray Young/Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, Perishea Laray Young, 23, of West St. Paul was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault involving great bodily harm. The altercation and shooting were captured on video, and Young later admitted to police that she shot the victim but claimed it was self-defense. The criminal complaint states that the video does not corroborate Young’s claim that the victim reached into her purse for something. The video showed the victim to be unarmed, and at no time did she advance on Young during the encounter.

Charges say the victim was shot in the lower chest area and suffered multiple internal injuries requiring multiple surgeries. She remained in critical condition at the time of the complaint.

Young was scheduled to make her first court appearance on Monday afternoon and remained in custody on $250,000 bail.

Bloomington police on Thursday announced the arrest of suspected Mall of America shooter Shamar Alon Ramon Lark, 21, and accomplice Rashad Jamal May, 23, in Chicago, Ill. The two were apprehended in a vehicle by a Chicago FBI Fugitive Task Force after leaving a barber shop. They face extradition to Minnesota.

The shots fired incident occurred on Aug. 4, and the two had been on the run since that time. Three others were previously charged with aiding and abetting the escape of Lark and May, including two Best Western hotel employees.

A northeast Minneapolis man was killed Friday morning in what police described as a domestic stabbing, the city’s 57th homicide. Police were dispatched about 7:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Arthur Street Northeast on a report of a break-in of an occupied dwelling. A lot of screaming was heard by the dispatcher, according to dispatch audio at the time. Police arrived to see a vehicle fleeing from the area with Ohio plates. Inside the home, they found a male who was apparently deceased.

Police later released a statement saying a male had died at the scene from stab wounds. The victim was later identified as Ryan Peterson, 32. Police said the husband and wife had been sleeping when they heard someone breaking into their home. Police said the female recognized the suspect as Franklin Terrol White, 31, against whom she had secured a protection order that had not yet been served. Police said that White was later arrested in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

White has since been charged with second-degree murder with intent but not premeditated. Charges say the “frantic” woman was heard begging “Franklin” to get off her husband. The woman was able to escape the home, and police found the victim unresponsive with a knife in his neck.

Charges say the woman and White were friends in high school and that she recently obtained a restraining order against him after he allegedly attempted to break into her parents’ home in Ohio.

White remained in custody in Juneau County, Wisc., as of 2 p.m. Monday.

Hopkins police reported on Saturday that they received calls about 7 a.m. regarding shots fired on the 200 block of 18th Avenue North. They said a resident observed two males run from the alley. Police arrived and through investigation they located a residence associated with the incident. A search warrant was obtained for the residence where police located the firearm and the suspect involved in the incident. Police said no one was injured in the incident. Information on the arrested party was not immediately available.

Bloomington police on Saturday responded to a robbery at gunpoint that occurred about 8:45 p.m. near the La Quinta Inn at 78th and Nicollet Avenue, according to dispatch audio. The victim told police the suspect was a black male in a mask, about 6-feet tall, and he was with a dark-skinned female. No further information was immediately available, and no public statement was released by police.

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Burnsville Saturday about 9 p.m. According the Minnesota State Patrol crash report, the victim, Yalemberhan Girma Biru, 30, of Minneapolis, sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred as Biru crossed Highway 13 on Nicollet Avenue. The report indicates that a 47-year-old man from Burnsville was driving the truck that struck Biru and that alcohol may have been a factor. Information about potential charges against the driver was not immediately available.

The Minnesota State Patrol on Saturday just before 10 p.m. performed a PIT maneuver on a fleeing vehicle on a Dowling Avenue North ramp at I94 in Minneapolis. The suspect was reportedly wanted on warrants. The suspect, Terry Lee Banks, 46, was booked on probable cause charges of fleeing police, DWI, second-degree narcotics and driving after cancelation. Information about any pending warrants was not immediately available.

Brooklyn Park police reported Saturday that a juvenile was found shot on the 8100 block of Yates Avenue North following a report of shots fired nearby. Police were dispatched about 11:35 p.m. to the 8100 block of Zane Avenue North and ultimately located a large crime scene area with over 40 spent shell casings, they said. At least seven vehicles and several occupied apartments were damaged by gunfire in the incident. Police also recovered a gun at the scene. The juvenile sustained non-life-threatening wounds. No arrests were made at the time and police said the investigation is ongoing.

At least five people were shot in Minneapolis in less than 24 hours on Sunday, including one victim who died, marking the city’s 58th homicide.

1. About 12:40 a.m. Sunday, a 17-year-old gunshot victim showed up at North Memorial Hospital. The dispatcher aired about 12:20 a.m. a report of about 30 shots fired at North Mississippi Regional Park at 5116 North Mississippi Drive, according to dispatch audio. Police arrived and located casings and asked the dispatcher to notify hospitals in case a victim showed up. Confirmation wasn’t immediately available on whether the gunshot victim was from the park, and no public statement was issued by police about the incidents.

2. Just before 2 a.m., Sunday a Minneapolis police dispatcher aired a report of a shooting near West Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue. Police arrived in the area within two minutes and didn’t immediately locate a victim but did find the scene of the crime on Lagoon Avenue just west of Hennepin Avenue (top photo).

The dispatcher updated police that the victim had been seen getting into a vehicle. A short time later, a Hennepin County deputy at HCMC aired to dispatch that a gunshot victim had been dropped off from a white Buick, which then took off. Further information about the victim’s injuries or condition wasn’t immediately available, and no public statement was issued by police about the shooting.

3 and 4. Minneapolis marked its 58th homicide on Sunday. Just before 1 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of a shooting at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the area known as George Floyd Square. When police arrived, they found two victims — one near the intersection, one in a nearby alley. Both victims were male; one was reported to be shot in the chest and back, the other was reported to have been shot in the chest and arm. The latter reportedly went into cardiac arrest while being transported to the hospital, according to dispatch audio.

Police later released a statement confirming that both victims were in their 20s and one had died. Police said the second victim received potentially life-threatening injuries. Police reported that one possible suspect ran from the scene. They also said they received reports that potential evidence may have been removed from the scene prior to police being able to collect it, including a gun. Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

The homicide at George Floyd Square was the second at the same location in a week and the fourth homicide for the city in the same period.

5. Minneapolis police were dispatched to another shooting about 8:42 p.m. Sunday at Wabun Picnic Area at Minnehaha Regional Park, 4655 46th Avenue South. Police arrived and found the victim in the lower picnic area. Further audio indicated the male victim was approximately 44-years-old and had been shot in the groin area. Police found “a bunch of casings” near the entrance of the pavilion. At least one vehicle was reported to have sustained bullet damage.

Witnesses told police that two suspects on bicycles fled the area. Police eventually found a red bicycle nearby where a witness said one suspect got into a vehicle. Police were also flagged down by a resident who reported that a male randomly ran into a house on the 4800 block of 38th Avenue South and said he was being chased. Police eventually detained that male. Further information was not immediately available about the suspect, but Hennepin County jail records show a 22-year-old male was booked into custody on a probable cause charge of first-degree assault. No public statement was issued by police about the shooting.

Apple Valley police reported on Sunday that a person had been shot and they were searching for the suspect. Police said in a statement that they responded about 12:48 p.m. to 13000 block of Pennock Avenue on a weapons complaint. It was reported that a person had been shot and the suspect fled on foot. They said a 36-year-old male suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital by a relative. Officers investigating the incident identified an adult male suspect and were attempting to locate him. Police said the suspect and victim knew each other and it is not believed the general public is in danger.

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