Five men have been charged in connection with the gang-related shooting and wounding of two people late last month in Brooklyn Park.
Savion Samuel Reeves Crittenden, 18; Stephon Leron Parker-Rouse, 23, and Donta Jaboat Brown, 27, all of Minneapolis, along with Cinque Daprice Owens, 26, of New Brighton, and Cortinez Armoney Powell, 23, of Owatonna, were each charged with two counts of attempted murder, according to charges filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court.
According to the charges, the suspects and the victims belong to rival gangs. The shootings followed contentious messages exchanged over social media.
On Nov. 30, Brooklyn Park police officers investigated a report of several gunshots near County Road 81 and N. 63rd Avenue, where they found an SUV "riddled" with bullet holes on the passenger side, the charges say.
The driver and front-seat passenger had each been shot several times but were conscious when police arrived. They told authorities they didn't know who shot them. The driver suffered four gunshot wounds and the other was struck nine times, according to the complaint.
Two passengers who were in the back seat were not hurt.
The front-seat passenger told police that his gang had been "beefing" with rivals over Facebook on Nov. 29.
The next day, he was at his house in Crystal with the other victims when they decided to get something to eat, the charges say. As they headed north on County Road 81, they realized two vehicles that had been parked outside the victim's house were following them. The victim told police that bullets came from both cars and that as the vehicle he was in came to a stop on the shoulder of Hwy. 81, the other vehicles sped away.
"Forensic analysis of these [discharged cartridge casings] would eventually link the firearms used in this case to numerous other shooting incidents in the Minneapolis area," the complaint stated. Brooklyn Park police were then able to identify the alleged suspects with help from Minneapolis police.
On Dec. 3, Minneapolis police officers arrested Brown and Parker-Rouse after a foot chase, according to the complaint. Powell was also arrested that day.
Parker-Rouse admitted to police that they had intended to kill one of the victims for allegedly defacing a memorial to a rival gang, according to the complaint.
Reeves Crittenden is still at large.
Owens is not in custody, according to the Hennepin County jail's website.