Grocery Store Shooting Victims Identified

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The victims killed in a grocery store shooting in Brooklyn Park Friday evening have been identified.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Abby Fedeli, 20, of Brooklyn Park, was one of the victims.

Police found Fedeli dead from a gunshot wound to the neck in the employee break room of Festival Foods at 8535 Edinburgh Center Drive at around 8:30 p.m.

Police also found an adult male with a gunshot wound. He was brought to North Memorial Medical Center where he died Friday night. His name will be officially released by the medical examiner, but his family confirms him as Michael Habte, 21. He was Fedeli’s boyfriend.

Police said an acquaintance, possibly an ex-boyfriend, of Fedeli’s was identified as the potential suspect. He fled the scene of the crime, but was able to be “tracked via cell phone to Minneapolis,” said Sgt. Steve Palmquist of Brooklyn Park Police.

Officers located the suspect on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota on the Washington Avenue foot bridge, but when they approached him, he shot and killed himself. His identity will also be released at a later time by the medical examiner.

Chief Deputy Craig Enevoldsen of the Brooklyn Park Police Department confirmed that “everyone involved last evening did know one another, through their employment and potentially through a relationship.”

Festival Foods Vice President of Operations Tom Clasen called the incident a tragedy beyond comprehension.

“All three employees were in good standing employees with the company, and, as I am sure you can imagine, this adds to our sorrow at this time,” Clasen said.

Clasen said the company will offer counseling to employees who are grieving.

Andrew Hawkinson said he can’t find the words to express how he feels about losing Habte, his best friend.

“Who would do this to him? He never has any problems with people, he’s very personable, he never has any fights with anybody … That’s why it just blows my mind; it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Hawkinson said.

He described Habte as a man who loved working on cars and who had a close relationship with his mother.

“His motivation is really going to inspire me from now on,” Hawkinson said. “He always told me that I was going to be someone special. I kind of want to live up to that now. Do it for him.”

The Fedeli family released a statement Sunday morning asking for privacy during this time.

“An extraordinarily bright, beautiful, and loving part of our lives has been senselessly taken away from us. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. Thank you for respecting our privacy as we grieve,” the statement said.

Festival Foods said the store will open again to customers Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

  • WCCO News Desk

    If you have any information about the two homicide victims and would be willing to talk to WCCO-TV, please contact us at or call us at 612-330-2509. Thank you and we are so sorry for your loss ~WCCO-TV

    • Tammy

      OMMGGGG MIke was the one who showed me where the straws were im serious!!!

    • jason p

      Says the guy hiding behind a fake name

      • CJC

        SORRY RUSTY< this was not a black crime, Such stereotyping ranting …….It just a very sad situation. It's called a domestic. Can and has happened anywhere.

      • Ven

        Lets meet for coffee

    • Condolances

      Rusty – Congratulations. I’m sure WCCO is just ensuring the information they get is factual and correct. Calm down and realize that this story is bigger than you.

      My sympathies go out to the grieving family and friends of all involved.

  • Cindi

    I was following this story last night and the posts from Amanda who was frantic in trying to find out if it was her sister that was shot. My prayers and sympathies go out to all.

    • Frank

      What happened to last night’s posts??

      • anna

        I think they are under the first story posted about this tragic event

  • Lisa

    Does anyone know if the other victim (adult male) is one of the managers??

    • Ryan

      I used to work there, both people shot were good friends of mine. The male who was shot worked in the produce department, but was not a manager.

      • Lisa

        Thanks Ryan…
        I am so upset about this whole’s such a horrible thing. I’m lost for words, and sadden to hear about the innocent lives now gone.

  • Sam I am.

    Probably not a good idea to put names up here. Respect peoples privacy.

    • Rachel

      I disagree–especially since people are only using first names. The woman who was so desperate last night to get any info was PLEADING with locals to update her. The police were very late in getting her family the news they needed. I would agree with you if people were fully disclosing names (i.e. last names). And tragically, she learned the truth before anything had been confirmed. Would you rather wait, knowing a loved one had been injured/killed? I think people were very respecful and showed a ton of compassion for the woman needing info last night.

      • anna

        I agree completely

  • Krystal

    They’re all kids. I have friends that worked at that festival foods with them and were friends with both victims. It’s horrible.

    • mntom

      they are not kids at that age, they are adults

  • ptsnowcarver

    This is off subject but, I find it interesting that you can get more accurate information sooner reading the comment section than if you just read the story reported by WCCO. WCCO could just put up a headline and let people comment and they’d do a better job of covering a story. Think of the money they could save – no reporters to pay.

    • Rachel

      From last night’s posting, I would have to agree with you. I guess CCO isn’t a 24 hour news site, because people were able to get more info off the KSTP site. This is a total tragedy, and I’m sorry for all concerned.

      • Wary Reader

        I’m guessing the difference is that WCCO (and others like them) were waiting for not only CONFIRMATION of the facts from the authorities, but also waiting until proper notification could be given to the family members. Reading about the “possibility” of a loved one’s death on a comment section of a webpage is NOT how folks should get the news of a tragedy like this. Yes, it’s slower to wait for accurate information, but at least when the information comes, it’s been verified. My heart went out to the girl trying to find out about her sister last night, but I CRINGED thinking she might be getting HORRIBLE (and maybe wrong) information via the net. Remember folks, just because you read it on a comment section doesn’t mean it’s ACCURATE, it just means someone wrote it. In any event, my condolences to all those who are suffering in this terrible loss.

  • Krystal

    They’re all employees

    • mntom

      never ever turn your back on anyone, always be alert and proactive.

  • Dave Seavy

    I don’t know wha it’s going to take to get these incidents to stop, but one thing’s for certain: this has become epidemic. When you start reading about a murder each week, it’s scary. When you read about two or three a day, it’s a signal that our society and social values have gotten to the point that life is no longer considered sacred. The common thread seems to be the notion that “If I can’t have what I want, somebody’s going to die.” This behavior used to be reserved for horror flicks and nightmares. That it has become reality is the worst nightmare possible.

    • mntom

      it is the liberals fault and the gimme gimme atitude they have.

  • Q

    Please have some respect for the victims’ families and friends who just lost people that they loved. It is not appropriate to be using names of people when there has been nothing confirmed.

    • A & N

      We have lost 3 friends of ours and I am at a total loss for words! My deepest sympathies go out to all of the families and other friends of these wonderful young people. I just wish the gunman would’ve showed some sign that he was capable of doing something like this so he could’ve talked to someone instead of killing innocent young friends. All 3 of these people involved were “friends” in one way or another. So sad, it really is a terrible tragedy! All 3 of them had very bright futures ahead of them and were destined to do great things! I am truly sorry for the loss!

  • Melissa

    I knew Abby very well. In fact I knew who all 3 of them were please have respect, and stop bashing Brooklyn Park.

  • Jake

    There’s a special election in Brooklyn Park on April 30th. If you vote, choose your mext mayor wisely. As for bashing BP, I live here, I pay taxes here, and if they want praise from me, they will have to EARN IT. BP didn’t earn it’s reputation in a vacuum.

  • SK

    I too followed as Abby’s sister tried to find anything out for sure. I think it is awful that for over 3 hours after she died, her family wasn’t told anything. I shop there often and I will certainly continue to do so. My heart goes out to all three of the families. May the memories of our loved ones be a comfort during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with those they left behind, both family and friends.

  • Jay

    You know, normally I would agree with your cynical reply but not in this case. Most people who get shot in BP have it coming and as long as you abide by the law and stay out of other peoples business, you have nothing to worry about. These kids had stayed out of trouble, were working on a Friday night and had a bright future and their whole lives ahead of them. This store is a nice, clean, well kept store in a nice neighborhood. This could happen anywhere. It’s tragic. I’ve lived near and shopped at this store for the past 12 years. RIP Abby and Mike, we are going to miss you.

  • D

    I have worked with them for a long time they were great people who will be greatly missed RIP

  • Jake

    So my comment is awaiting ‘moderation’? OK, if you say so. FACT IS, most people and the cops knew almost immediately what the relationship was between the shooter and the two innocent victims, but chose not to disclose it. The public, IMO, has a vested interest in knowing at least some of the circumstances of the crime, so we know how alert we need to be. How would we know if there was another individual involved, who wasn’t caught or ID? In most other cases like this, if it is a disgruntled employee, that info is made public a lot sooner than it was in this case, and I would like to know why.

    • Melissa

      Jake my thoughts exactly

  • CJC

    SO SO SAD……Kids with such potential in life. HUG your kids and tell them you love them.

  • CJC

    The shooter was Engineer student at the University of Minnesota. Such a loss of all three young adults.Peace and prayers go out to all three families.

  • Dude to U

    I would like WCCO to take these message boards and have a moderator. Seems like what ever the story is that there seems to be a lot of bashing going on Name calling etc. etc. A lot of people on here get away from the facts or the story.
    My sympathy goes out to all involved .

    • mntom

      stop your liberal attitude, it is freedom of speech

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      Rusty – Censoring free speech is not illegal. On this web sight, since WCCO owns it, they can edit commentors content as much as they want. In fact I would argue they have a responsability to edit comments, especialy those not up to comunity standards as far as language goes. You want to post unedited? Start your own web site and put up whatever you want. THAT is free speech.

      • rusty shakleford

        My deepest apologies to everyone for the inaccurate comments I’ve posted here. Honestly I forgot to take my meds. Will try and prevent this in the future upon my releases. By the way, I’m very tall and can sit in any seat without a phonebook.

      • mntom

        you mean whatever the liberals want puclished

  • Rusty Shakelford

    Quit taking our tax dollars and claiming that the the TOWNS WE BUILT ARE YOURS!!! You are a visitor, a peasant living off of our scraps. Useless life, nobody cares about you besides your family.
    If you saw black kids robbing a white girl, you would not snitch, right?


      I can’t believe you!!!! Go live on a remote island where you don’t have to worry about “peasants living off our scraps.” Mike worked 2 jobs and is a college Graduate! He bought a house for he and his mom so she would have a nice place to live. He was a way better person than Aaron could ever even dream about being. You are cold and heartless! What nationality are you because unless you are full blooded American Indian you are not originally from here either!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • BP citizen

      Rusty I pay taxes like you and I pay my property taxes on the house I own in to the City of Brooklyn Park. You know nothing about me. You know nothing of my political affiliation, or my race for that matter. You live off my garbage, and you are a hate mongering asshole spreading uninformative one sided propaganda. It is people like you that are what’s wrong with this country. I actually donate alot to community out reach programs, and do the best I can to keep kids in school and out of trouble, which is more that you can say about yourself. Regardless of color If I saw any kids robbing anybody I would intervene or call the authorities. Go suck some more unemployment benefits out of our system, and then bitch about socialism. My city taxes and my donations make this MY city SCAB. You are a cowardly piece of shit. I agree in free speech just as much as anybody else, but this is not the forum for such, you Rusty are grandstanding and preaching your beliefs to stir the pot. The problem is that you are too chicken shit to stand out in public and really speak what you believe, I know too many individuals like you.

      I am so sorry for the loss of these people due to senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers go out the families who have been stricken with the burden of grief.

  • Jay

    @Sharon…most bullets that fly hit their intended targets. If you’re afraid of Brooklyn Park then you must have a valid reason so please, keep staying away and all will be fine. To everyone else who are normal, civil, law abiding citizens, you have nothing to worry about. Brooklyn Park is the 7th largest city in MN with many different ethnic groups represented. It’s no different than living in any other big city in the United States. If you feel like your community doesn’t have any crime and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, just wait, you’re in for a rude awakening, it’s just a matter of time.

  • liz

    does anyone know the name of the shooter?

  • Cindi

    This isn’t about racism or about violence in Brooklyn Park. It’s about the tragic loss of 3 young people’s lives and the families and friends that are left behind to grieve.. I hope none of the families are reading these posts and the senseless ramblings that have nothing to do with this tragedy.But if they are my prayers and sympathies to all the famillies and friends of these young people.

  • fed up

    And why is that? What part of BP do you live in? The part of BP that I LIVE IN is going down the tubes, in part due to the trash moving in. BTW, for the leftys claiming my previous statement is racist, I ask how? I said nothing about race in my comment, the trash refers to the “gangster” types showing up more and more in my neighborhood, and they come in all colors, hence, I’m not shocked that a shooting happened in BP, Maybe in this particular circumstance it is surprising, but a shooting in BP in general is not.

  • fed up

    @BP CITIZEN: And why is that? What part of BP do you live in? The part of BP that I LIVE IN is going down the tubes, in part due to the trash moving in. BTW, for the lefty’s claiming my previous statement is racist, I ask how? I said nothing about race in my comment, the trash refers to the “gangster” types showing up more and more in my neighborhood, and they come in all colors, hence, I’m not shocked that a shooting happened in BP, Maybe in this particular circumstance it is surprising, but a shooting in BP in general is not.

  • Jamie

    I worked with all 3 of these people for many years. It’s so hard to believe something like this could happen in our small store. We are all like family to each other. Abby and Mike will be greatly missed! I’ll miss the funny conversations and their laughter the most. Please be respectful to those of us that have just lost our friends. May you both rest in peace now. <3

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