Family has identified the teenager killed by a stray bullet as he watched street racers on East Lake Street in south Minneapolis early Saturday morning, June 5.
Nicholas Enger, 17, was known for "making people laugh, bringing smiles to all that he met," his obituary reads. Enger's family confirmed to KSTP-TV that he was the victim struck by a stray bullet when people in vehicles began shooting at each other early Saturday morning on East Lake Street under the Hiawatha Avenue bridge.
According to Minneapolis police, detectives were informed that "a group of people in cars took over the portion of the East Lake street where Hiawatha passes over it" Those motorists "were driving recklessly and spinning around in their cars causing damage to the roadway when two of the individuals got into a dispute" and began shooting.
Police believe Enger pulled over to watch the vehicles and he was standing outside his vehicle when he was struck by the stray bullet. He was rushed to a hospital in grave condition and died a short time later.
Police were alerted to the shooting at 1:48 a.m., just 11 minutes after a 19-year-old woman was fatally struck by a stray bullet when street racers began shooting in north Minneapolis.
"Nicholas’s passion was working on cars and trucks of all makes and models. When he didn’t have his head 'under the hood of a car' he loved to fish and hunt and spend quality time with his family and friends," his obituary says.
Enger was a student at Cambridge-Isanti High School.
“Nick was deeply committed to his friends and would stand by his friends no matter what,” teacher Mary Sima told WCCO-TV. “He also had an incredible relationship with our staff and was known for his kindness.”