Suburban gang member arrested in killing of Minneapolis teen

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2008 - 11:44 PM

A 25-year-old suspected gang member from Richfield was charged with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager playing football behind his Minneapolis home during his cousin's birthday party.

Edgar Rene Barrientos-Quintana is being held in the Hennepin County jail on $2 million bail, accused of killing Jesse Leon Omar Mickelson, 18, of Minneapolis, on Oct. 11.

Witnesses told police that a car came through an alley in the 4100 block of 29th Avenue S., and Barrientos-Quintana reached out of the window from the back seat and fired several shots. Mickelson, a student at Roosevelt High School and aspiring rapper, was shot twice in the upper body, police said.

According to the criminal complaint:

Shortly before 7 p.m., several adults, teenagers and younger children were attending a birthday party. Some of them, including Mickelson, were in the alley behind the home playing football.

A car came down the alley, stopped and the passenger-side window as lowered. A handgun was stuck out of the window, and up to six shots were fired before the car sped away. Two others were slightly hurt in the shooting.

Witnesses said they either recognized the shooter as "Smoky" or by his real name. Police were aware of a "Smoky" being Barrientos-Quintana and a Surenos gang member.

Barrientos-Quintana was arrested last Wednesday in Plymouth and told police after being advised of his rights that he was a gang member and was familiar with the home where the shooting occurred.

The criminal complaint did not offer a motive for the shooting. Mickelson's guardian has speculated that the shot that hit Mickelson was aimed at people living in a nearby house.

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency also has a hold on Barrientos-Quintana, whose nationality was not made public.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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