Charges: 20-year-old killed in downtown Minneapolis parking ramp was shot once in the back

Authorities say he'd raised his hands in the air as though surrendering when he was shot.
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Authorities say the 20-year-old shot and killed in a downtown Minneapolis parking garage early Saturday had his hands up, as though surrendering, when the shooter fired a single, fatal shot.

Troy Fowler, 30 years old, was charged in Hennepin County Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder, the county attorney's office announced. Fowler is accused of shooting Mohamed Hussein Hassan in a parking ramp east of Hennepin Avenue South at 6th Street around 3:20 a.m.

Hassan, of Columbia Heights, worked as a security guard and was the youngest of four children, according to a GoFundMe campaign. His mother, the page says, has seen her world "shattered by the unexpected loss of her son."

Fowler did not know Hassan prior to the night of the shooting, the charges say.

Minneapolis police had initially described a "dispute which erupted into gunfire." The charging document states only one shot was fired, with investigators finding a single bullet casing at the scene.

According to the criminal complaint:

Fowler and Hassan, each with an acquaintance, had both been at Union bar earlier that night. Fowler told investigators he and Hassan "bumped into" each other, though Hassan's brother, who was with him that night, said they'd had no direct contact, but claimed Fowler was "muggin'" them.

The parties all left the bar at different times, but ended up in the parking ramp at the same time. Much of what happened was captured by a surveillance camera.

Video shows Fowler and a colleague, in distinctive clothing, walking toward and into the ramp. Fowler's colleague can be seen pulling out a gun as they enter.

Hassan's shoe is visible in the video, and he appears to be looking at his phone, as his brother is nearby.

When Fowler passes Hassan, he pulls out a handgun and points it at him from behind. His acquaintance aims his gun at Hassan from the front.

Hassan can be seen raising a flap on a bag he is wearing, though stops and lets the flap drop. (Police later found a handgun in the bag, though it hadn't been taken out during the incident.) He then raises his hands in the air "as though he is surrendering or giving up."

Fowler fires one shot, striking Hassan in the back, then flees.

A nearby police officer saw him beginning to run and gave chase, eventually capturing him in the parking lot. He had a gun, which he "shoved to the side."

Officers who responded to the scene found Hassan on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in grave condition, where he later died.

Fowler later admitted to investigators he shot Hassan.

Fowler's first court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both charges carry a sentence of three to 40 years, if convicted.

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