A teenager has been arrested in connection with the triple homicide in the Minneapolis Seward neighborhood earlier this week.
The suspect is a 17-year-old male and is being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. Because he is a juvenile, police are not releasing his name.
The teen was arrested Friday night by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and homicide investigators, the police department announced today.
The shootings happened Wednesday night at the Seward Market & Halal Meat at 25th Avenue South and East Franklin Avenue. Police have said that two men walked into the store about 7:40 p.m. and shot three people dead. The victims and the shooters were likely Somali immigrants, police said earlier this week.
Killed were: Mohamed Abdi Warfa, 30, of Savage, Anwar Salah Mohammed, 31, of Brooklyn Park, and Osman Jama Elmi, 28, of St. Paul, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
Investigators are still looking for more suspects, said police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. He would not say how many suspects may have been involved.
Palmer said investigators are still piecing together information to determine what the motive for the shootings was.
“The Minneapolis Police Department has received a great deal of cooperation in this investigation from the Somali community and that cooperation continues,” the department said in a prepared statement today. “That cooperation has been vital to the furtherance of this case and
the Minneapolis Police would (like) to publicly acknowledge our appreciation of this effort by the community to assist us.”
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call police. (Twincities.com)
Published: January 9, 2010