A 17-year-old Minneapolis boy has been charged via a juvenile petition of second-degree intentional murder for the shooting death of a man outside a gas station in north Minneapolis.
According to the charging document, Albert J. Luca IV is seen on surveillance video outside the Amstar gas station at 1604 W Broadway Ave. on May 6 when he pulls a handgun from his waistband and shoots a man who was standing outside his vehicle pumping gas.
The victim, 19-year-old George F. Zeon, of Plymouth, is seen in the surveillance video collapsing to the ground. He was transported to North Memorial Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The charging document says he was shot in the head, left pinky and leg.
Zeon's girlfriend was at the scene of the shooting and later told investigators that Lucas and another man exited the gas station and confronted Zeon, asking him about being involved in a gang.
The girlfriend said Zeon was confused by the questions, and after he was shot the two men started shooting at her, she said, noting that she had to duck for cover.
On May 12, police located the vehicle that Lucas got into to flee the scene of the homicide, charges say. The driver, a female, admitted she drove Lucas and another man to the gas station to buy flavored cigars. She said she had just met Lucas that day, with Lucas telling her he had been shot in the face a couple of months earlier near Wally's Foods in north Minneapolis.
Police checked records and found that Lucas had been shot in the face near Wally's within the past year. It's unclear if that shooting had anything to do with the homicide on May 6.
Lucas was later picked from a photo lineup by the female who served as his getaway driver. Police conducted surveillance and located Lucas June 1 in Minnetonka, where he was arrested during a felony stop on Highway 62 near Shady Oak Road.
The Star Tribune reports prosecuting attorneys hope to charge Lucas as an adult.