Teen shot and killed at south Minneapolis home

  • Updated: October 12, 2008 - 9:20 AM

An 18-year-old Roosevelt High School senior was shot to death Saturday evening outside a south Minneapolis house. The victim, identified as Jesse Mickelson, was found near an alley behind the residence, police said.

Officers from the Third Precinct were called to the home just before 7 p.m. in the 4100 block of 29th Avenue S. Mickelson was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation found there had been a gathering at the address, police said. KSTP-TV reported that the gathering was a birthday party for another teenager. Mickelson was shot after he had approached a vehicle that had pulled up in the alley behind the home, police said. KSTP said police were questioning witnesses about a White Dodge Intrepid that had been spotted in the alley just before the shooting.

Family members said Mickelson was not affiliated with gangs, but was the victim of a random shooting, KSTP reported.

No information about the suspect or suspects was immediately available.

There have been 30 murders in Minneapolis this year.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call the TIPS line at 612-692-8477.


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