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3 men charged after woman shot in neck in Brooklyn Center

The victim was shot in the neck outside of a Speedway.

Three suspects have been charged in connection to a shooting outside a Speedway in Brooklyn Center on May 11 that resulted in a woman being shot in the neck.

Darrian Bryant, 21, of Brooklyn Center, and William Taylor, 23, of Crystal, are charged with first-degree assault. Meanwhile, an arrest warrant for first-degree assault was issued for the arrest of Tremaine Bucholz, 23, of Minneapolis, on May 15.

According to the criminal complaints, officers with the Brooklyn Center Police Department responded to 54th Avenue and Morgan Avenue on a shots-fired report, with initial estimates indicating 10-15 shots were fired. 

Upon arrival, police located a woman who had been shot in the neck. She had a bullet lodged near her C2 vertebrae, with the entrance wound near her brain stem, which required surgery, the complaint said. She is recovering, according to a news release.

Officers learned a white SUV was involved in the shooting. Video surveillance shows the occupants of the SUV going into a Speedway gas station. After leaving the store, other video shows the SUV stopping and the rear driver's side passenger exiting the vehicle. The passenger, identified as Bryant, is seen on video walking toward an intersection and firing at least six gunshots, before running back to the SUV, which then drives off, the complaint says.

Officers located the SUV about a mile away. On May 12 around 6:15 a.m., a suspect left the residence, got into the SUV and drove away. The driver was identified as Bucholz, who initially told investigators he wasn't involved in the shooting, but eventually admitted Bryant "did the shooting," saying he "hopped out the car and started cracking rounds." 

After the shooting, Bucholz drove everyone – Bryant, Taylor and two unidentified juveniles – back to his home, the complaint says.

Officers executed a search warrant at the Washburn Avenue home, where they located Bryant and a juvenile in the basement bedroom and arrested them, according to the complaint.

In a post-Miranda statement, the juvenile said he did not go to the gas station and had just woken up when officers arrived. When told about the surveillance video, he admitted to being in the SUV, eventually saying Bryant was the one who shot at a group of people near the gas station, using a gun provided by "Will."

In a post-Miranda statement, Bryant admitted to going to the Speedway, but denied shooting anyone and said he was in the car when the shots were fired. 

Taylor admitted to giving the gun to Bryant prior to the shooting, the complaint says.

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