MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Brooklyn Center man is facing charges Tuesday in connection with one of the two shootings in downtown Minneapolis early Monday morning.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office says Qumari Spencer, 19, is charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police officers at the first precinct watching a surveillance feed noticed a large group fighting at Hennepin Avenue and 4th Street near the library. Officers said they saw the crowd duck and heard multiple gunshots as one man — later identified as Spencer — took a shooting stance.

After the shooting near the library, police say Spencer ran towards the parking lot of the Gay 90s bar. There, an officer found Spencer and ordered him to the ground, but Spencer ran, according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors say there are no charges yet in another shooting that occurred about 15 minutes early that morning just a few blocks away.

If convicted, Spencer faces up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

  1. Dan Mack says:

    Mayor Betsy has vowed to personally give young Qumari a call and offer the full financial resources of the Socialist Village so that he can turn his life around. Money is no object. These poor misdirected youth just need a helping hand.

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