A Brooklyn Center man charged in connection with one of two shootings that left six people injured early Monday morning in the downtown Minneapolis Warehouse District will make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Qumari Spencer, 19, was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and could face additional charges, said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, police watching surveillance camera video feeds shortly after 1 a.m. Monday saw a large group of people believed to be North Side gang members fighting at 4th Street and Hennepin Avenue. They saw the crowd duck and heard multiple gunshots.
The video showed a shorter black man with dreadlocks and dark clothes move away from that crowd and get into a shooting stance. Immediately, more gunshots were heard and the man, who would be identified later as Spencer, ran toward the parking lot of the Gay 90s bar, the complaint states.
A Minneapolis Police officer encountered him there and heard him say, “I need to get rid of this.” The officer ordered Spencer to the ground but he ran. Officers quickly caught him, arrested him and recovered a handgun from his pants leg, the complaint continued.
Officers responding to the shootings also found a man shot in the leg and hand. He was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). A second victim hit in the leg made his own way to HCMC.
Spencer was being held in the Hennepin County jail. He is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“The total lack of regard for the safety of other people by Mr. Spencer, and the others who fired shots, is astounding,” Freeman said. “If we obtain a conviction and he is sentenced to the five years, he will have spent roughly 70 percent of his adult life behind bars.”
If convicted, Spencer faces a minimum sentence of five years in jail.
Police are still looking for those responsible for a separate shooting that occurred near the Central Library branch at 4th Street and Hennepin Avenue about 15 minutes after the shooting involving Spencer. That shooting left four people injured.