Two Teens Charged after Man Shot in Face in Bloomington Drug Deal Gone Awry

A Richfield teenager has been charged with attempted second-degree murder for shooting another teen in the face during a Bloomington drug deal gone wrong.

A Richfield teenager has been charged with attempted second-degree murder for shooting another teen during a drug deal and another teen has also been charged related to the incident, according a juvenile petition filed in Hennepin County.

Steven Avila, 16, whom the county attorney is seeking to certify as an adult, has been charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree assault for shooting with two other victims present during the drug deal. The 15-year-old, who is alleged to be an accomplice, has also been charged, but his identity and the nature of the charges have not been revealed by officials due to his age.

According to the petition, on March 6, Bloomington, MN police responded to emergency calls of shootings near 8300 Chicago Avenue South in Bloomington. A local resident stated that they saw two males running away from the scene where gunshots were fired. Police were unable to locate anyone when they arrived.

During the Bloomington police response to emergency calls, Richfield police found a red Lexus sedan parked at 66th Street West in Richfield with the three victims of the shooting sitting inside. The police learned from these individuals that they were involved in the shooting on Chicago Avenue. 

One victim, a 19-year-old, had suffered gunshot wounds to the face and required immediate medical attention. The other two victims were unharmed. Richfield police also located two bullet holes on the sedan: one on the rear window, the other on the front passenger’s side door, the petition states.

At the scene of the shooting, three bullet casings were found on the ground. Officers were also able to pull surveillance footage from the area where the shooting occurred, which shows two males who fit descriptions according to the three victims, the petition continues.

In the videos, Avila and the 15-year-old can be seen on Chicago Avenue, with the 15-year-old waiting on the side of the road, while Avila runs across a lawn and off screen. The victims’ sedan soon appears on screen and stops to speak with the 15-year-old. Words are exchanged between the 15-year-old and victims, who pull the car up to the curb. There is a sudden eruption of gunfire, and the video captures a flash of a gun being shot off screen. The vehicle speeds off, and the 15-year-old runs away in the opposite direction of the car, the petition states.

Avila can next be seen on screen coming from the same direction as the car, then quickly running off with the 15-year-old. When officers spoke with the victims, they informed investigators they were in the Chicago Avenue area for a drug deal, the petition continues.

On March 20, police executed a search warrant of Avila’s bedroom and found a gun that they believe was used during the shooting.

Both Avila and the 15-year-old are detained in the Juvenile Detention Center. Avila made his first appearance March 23. His next court appearance is April 27.

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