Augsburg student, suspect argued before shooting, charges say

  • Updated: October 6, 2008 - 7:56 PM

A simple argument led to the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Augsburg College student outside a community center in Minneapolis last month, according to charges made public Monday against a 16-year-old.

Ramadan Abdi Shiekh Osman was charged in juvenile court with second-degree murder. The Hennepin County attorney's office is trying to have him tried as an adult.

The juvenile court petition said Osman exchanged words with Ahmednur Ali about 5 p.m. on Sept. 22. He hit Ali in the head with his gun and then shot him in the head outside the Brian Coyle Community Center, where Ali had spent the day as a volunteer, according to the petition.

Osman than ran from the scene. Several witnesses who eventually came forward said they delayed doing so because they feared retaliation, the petition said. When questioned by police, Osman said he was with a relative at the time of the shooting. But the relative told police that wasn't true, the petition said.

Osman may have been affiliated with a gang, police said. Several shootings in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood have been reported in connection with Ali's death, police said. Osman lives in the area.

The petition said Ali was arguing with some young Somalis several hours before he was killed.

DAVID CHANEN

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