Boy, 16, dies after being shot in head outside Savage Target; 3 arrested

The 16-year-old was found shot in the head Friday, Feb. 28.
Publish date:
Target in Savage, MN

A gunshot wound to the head proved fatal for a 16-year-old boy who was found outside Target in Savage last Friday evening. 

The grim update was released late Tuesday night, with Savage Police Department saying the boy died Sunday. He had been shot in the head around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the west parking lot of Target located on the 14000 block of Hwy. 13, with police arriving at the scene to find him breathing and semi-conscious before he was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis in critical condition. 

He has been identified as Samuel A. Keezer, 16, of Burnsville. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide by gunshot wound to the head. 

Officers from the Savage Police Department made three arrests Tuesday in connection to the fatal shooting. A 44-year-old Prior Lake man and a 16-year-old Prior Lake juvenile are each facing pending charges of second-degree murder, while a 43-year-old Prior Lake woman is facing a pending charge of aiding an offender, second-degree murder. 

Bring Me The News does not typically name suspects until formal charges are filed, which police say is in the process of happening in Scott County District Court. 

"All three suspects are being held in the Scott County Jail but have not been formally charged. The case will be forwarded to the Scott County Attorney’s Office," the release said. 

A motive for the shooting has not been announced and the case remains under investigation by Savage PD with assistance from police in Prior Lake and Shakopee, the Scott County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

Next Up


Walter Mondale dies at age of 93

His death was confirmed by family on Monday.

National Guard

Man charged in connection to shooting that injured National Guard troops

Four soldiers were inside a military vehicle that was shot at.

Chauvin trial

Walz declares emergency in Twin Cities, bringing in police from Ohio and Nebraska

The governor has asked the Legislature for emergency funding for the additional police.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial: Here's what was said

The jury listened to lengthy presentations from the prosecution and defense.


Man, 55, airlifted to a hospital after hit-and-run in Granite Falls

The passenger in the vehicle told police about the incident.

Minneapolis, unrest

Facebook labels Minneapolis 'high-risk,' will remove posts that incite violence

Facebook will remove posts that call for weapons to be brought to Minneapolis and anything that celebrates George Floyd's death.


After being sued, MyPillow is now suing Dominion Voting Systems

The company's lawsuit claims the voting system suppressed free speech and hurt its business relationships.

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren makes his decision ... and it's Gonzaga

The Minnesota basketball phenom is following the footsteps of Jalen Suggs.

Sarah Glover

MPR News hires NBC's Sarah Glover as new managing editor

The experienced journalist was the first to serve two terms as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

football play

Watch: Sixth-grader with cerebral palsy makes touchdown in Detroit Lakes

Kale Hannahs' classmates made sure he got a chance to play during recess.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 19

The latest from Minnesota health officials.


Taran Miller, TanyaMarie Miller

Charges: Man shot teen in the head during drug deal outside Savage Target

A 16-year-old Burnsville boy was shot in the head and killed.

Target in Savage, MN

Teen found shot in the head outside Target in Savage, MN

The assault happened in the parking lot on Friday evening.

police lights

17-year-old dies 3 days after being shot in Burnsville

The teenager was shot in the head Aug. 22.

Prior Lake HIgh School

Teen arrested after bringing replica gun to Prior Lake High School

The 16-year-old has been charged with three crimes.

Screen Shot 2020-06-22 at 8.21.00 AM

Man dies after being shot outside Crystal bar

Gunshots were reported around 2 a.m. Sunday.

police lights

Woman dies after being shot in southeastern Minnesota

Zumbro Falls is located north of Rochester, in Wabasha County.