Teens Charged in Fatal Mall of America Shooting
Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News)- Prosecutors have filed charges against three teens Thursday in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Johntae Hudson at the Mall of America on December 23.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged 18-year-old Taeshawn Adams-Wright with second-degree murder with intent not premeditated as second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Wright is currently being held at the Hennepin County Jail on $1.5 million bail.
Two 17-year-old boys have also been charged with second-degree riot in connection with the deadly shooting. Prosecutors were granted two extensions to bring charges as they reviewed evidence collected from the scene of the deadly shooting throughout the week.
In a statement Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said, “This continues to be an active investigation, and we expect additional arrests and criminal charges associated with this case in the near future. Our detectives continue to work tirelessly on this case. Their job is made more difficult because those involved have been, and continue to be, uncooperative. Despite this, our efforts to lock up everyone responsible for this incident will not cease.”
Hudson was shot and killed around 8 p.m. on December 23 on the first floor of the Nordstrom store. During a press conference following the shooting, Hodges said a review of surveillance video indicated an altercation broke out between two groups involving a total of 5-9 people and that the shots were fired during the altercation.
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