Two suspects have been charged in the killing of a man Thursday who fled in his car and crashed after being shot.

James Tyjuan Moore, 21, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder with intent, and Tyreik Larel Perkins, 20, of St. Louis Park, was charged with aiding an offender and being an accomplice after the fact. Both were being held in the Hennepin County jail.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim Friday as Malik Tyree Dewayne Lamont Smith and said he died as the result of a gunshot wound to the torso.

Authorities allege that Moore shot Lamont about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Russell Avenue N. The charges did not identify a possible motive for the attack, the city’s 46th homicide of the year.

According to the complaints:

Police responded to reports from ShotSpotter and several 911 callers about gunshots. Witnesses said two men in the Willard-Hay neighborhood had fired a gun at a vehicle that then headed south on Russell Avenue.

Officers found an SUV crashed into a tree near the scene, at Russell and 16th avenues. Lamont, the sole occupant, had two gunshot wounds in the back. Officers performed CPR until medics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

A witness told police they saw a man matching Moore’s description try to open the victim’s car door, pull out a gun and fire two times. The witness said a suspect matching Perkins’ description was standing behind the shooter at the time, and the suspects then ran into an apartment building.

Police obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the building and cleared the unit of two women and two children. Perkins and Moore were in the apartment and turned themselves in, the charges said.

Perkins allegedly told police he was in the apartment with Moore but denied any knowledge of the shooting.

Police found two semiautomatic handguns hidden in a couch, according to the complaints.

 

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