Skip to main content

Police in Brooklyn Park believe two "ghost" guns assembled from mail-ordered parts were used in a shooting last month that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured another.

At a press conference Thursday, Police Chief Mark Bruley said two 17-year-old suspects are in custody and investigators have searched their home in connection with the shooting outside the Regent Apartments on Friday, Nov. 18.

Syoka Siko, a senior at Andover High School, died in the shooting. 

The investigation began around 8:40 p.m. the evening of the shooting when a 911 call sent police to a vehicle on the Interstate 94 exit ramp onto 53rd Ave. N. in north Minneapolis.

Bruley said officers found four occupants, all 17 years old, inside the car, including Syoka and another teen suffering from gunshot wounds.

At the press conference, Bruley said investigators have determined three or four rounds were fired from inside the vehicle outside the apartment in Brooklyn Park.

There's no indication shots were fired from anywhere else in the area, he said. 

Police believe the shooter aimed the rounds outside of the vehicle, but the result of that gunfire left Syoka and another teenager injured.

Bruley described the suspects and victims as friends. 

'Ghost' gun investigation 

Although no criminal charges have yet been filed, Burley said police searched the suspects' home and found evidence that they'd obtained two illegal, unserialized firearms through the internet. 

The so-called "ghost" guns were assembled from mail-ordered kits containing gun parts. 

According to Burley, investigators believe both weapons were in the vehicle the night of the shooting. Afterwards, he alleged, the suspects made an effort to hide the guns before continuing on to north Minneapolis, where the 911 call for medical help was placed. 

Police have since recovered both firearms.  

Brooklyn Park Police Inspector Elliot Faust said it's "surprisingly simple" to assemble a firearm from parts ordered online. 

“It’s almost like playing Legos," he said, adding 26 "ghost" guns have been recovered in Brooklyn Park so far this year amid a rising trend. 

Remembering Syoka 

Syoka was a successful student and a rising star in basketball, having played on the Park Center state championship basketball team last season as a junior, according to remembrances from those who knew him.

In April, a Twitter post from Park Centers Boys Basketball described Syoka as a 6'1'' guard with a 3.6 GPA.

"We are grieving, Syoka was an amazing kid, and we are trying to support our kids, families, and community that are hurting around such a senseless loss of young life," James Ware, Park Center boys' basketball coach and principal at Hopkins High School, shared in a statement last week. 

Also in a statement, Brooklyn Park Mayor Lisa Jacobsen said Syoka was a star both on and off the field. 

"He loved his parents, family, friends and sports," she wrote, directing followers to a GoFundMe campaign for Syoka's family. "His death is tragic and extremely hard to imagine the pain his loved ones are going through."

During Thursday's press conference, Syoka's mother — Alvera Voss — asked anyone with information about his death to come forward. 

"Speak what you know," she said. "The truth will set you free."  

Next Up


Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Police tape

Man fatally shot at a home in Brooklyn Park

The shooting happened at a home in the 7800 block of Tessman Drive.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 11.01.17 AM

2 Brooklyn Park schools went on lockdown Thursday due to nearby shooting

A shooting just before 12:20 p.m. caused Park Center High School and Brooklyn Middle School to go on lockdown.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.10.50 AM

Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged

Police say they recovered evidence that more than 40 rounds were fired in the shooting.

police tape

Police: Man kills himself after firing shots at Brooklyn Park officer

The man was found dead a short time after police arrived at the scene Wednesday evening.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

3 injured in separate shooting, carjacking in Brooklyn Park

The unrelated incidents happened in less than 24 hours, according to police.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 9.29.21 AM

Man turns self in after attempted kidnapping at McDonald's

Police said the suspect turned himself in due to pressure from concerned citizens.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Brooklyn Park police say shooter targeted vehicle with woman and children inside

The incident occurred near Highway 610 and Noble Avenue North Wednesday evening.