MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police have arrested a man they believe was responsible for the June shooting that left a homeless man paralyzed.

Police said they have taken 23-year-old Timothy Harper into custody. They said he turned himself in, admitting to being behind the June 13 shooting inside the Franklin Avenue Library.

The shooting left 42-year-old Macdad Abdullahi paralyzed from the waist down. He suffered a gunshot wound to the lower back and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where doctors determined his injuries were irreversible.

Investigators say Abdullahi was brushing his teeth in the restroom when the suspect came in and shot him without provocation.

Police said that Abdullahi was not paying attention to Harper and didn’t hear what he was saying. It was then that Harper allegedly shot him in the back and ran out.

Harper Was charged last month with felony first-degree assault. He turned himself in on Tuesday.

He is currently being held at Hennepin County Jail.


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