MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials in Woodbury say a boy has been charged in connection with a shooting at a Woodbury graduation party earlier this month that killed 14-year-old Demaris Ekdahl.
The boy was arrested Tuesday afternoon during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 and is being held at the Washington County Jail, according to Woodbury Public Safety. Two women were arrested with him. They have been booked and released, pending charges.
Officials have not identified the women or the boy.
Four others — 23-year-old Enrique Davila, 19-year-old Jaden Townsend, a 17-year-old boy and Keith Dawson, Ekdahl’s stepfather — were charged in connection with the shooting last week.
According to complaint documents, the shooting happened June 5 on the 6100 block of Edgewood Road, where Ekdahl and four others had gone to attend the party.
When they were leaving, Davila allegedly pulled a gun on one of the people in the group and told them “don’t try anything.” The person noted that the 17-year-old also had a gun.
The group then called Dawson, who told them they needed to go back to the party so the trio would stop messing with them.
Dawson led them in his white Chevy Tahoe, and the group followed in their own car. Dawson then allegedly drove past Davila, Townsend, and the 17-year-old, who were standing next to a black SUV, and fired his gun.
A witness said Dawson fired roughly three to four rounds, while the trio shot back 15 to 20 rounds.
Officers later found the Tahoe on Century Avenue, near the shooting. The car refused to pull over until it reached Regions Hospital. Ekdahl was in the back middle seat with significant injuries, and he was pronounced dead at 11:12 p.m.
When examining the car, officers found a bullet had traveled from the back of the car through the trunk and back seat cushion to where Ekdahl was sitting. The medical examiner said he died of a gunshot wound to his right torso, which had perforated his lung, heart and aorta.
Officers went to the 17-year-old’s house and found a bag that contained two 9mm handguns with extended 30 round magazines.
A complaint filed last week said Davila, Townsend and the 17-year-old are out of custody and there whereabouts are unknown.
Woodbury Public Safety said Tuesday it is “still working on locating others involved.”