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Charges filed after savage beating, shooting of elderly woman

A Somali woman in her 70s was shot and beaten in Minneapolis.
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A young woman has been arrested in connection with the brutal beating and shooting of an elderly woman in Minneapolis on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Minneapolis PD and the Hennepin County Attorney have announced 1st-degree aggravated robbery and 2nd-degree assault charges have been brought against Da'Seanna Williams, 21, of Brooklyn Park.

Williams is accused of shooting a Somali woman in her mid-70s in the hip, and then pistol whipping her several times as the victim was trying to enter her apartment on 22nd Street East on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 2.

The 76-year-old victim, a Somali woman, was on her way home from the bank when she was assaulted by Williams as she got off the elevator.

Williams allegedly pulled a gun and shot her in the hip, before hitting her with the gun several times and stealing her purse.

The purse was later found outside, though $900 inside it was missing. The victim's son told police his mother had gotten the cash so she could pay for rent.

She suffered life-threatening injuries including a fractured skull and brain bleed from the beating, and wounds from being shot.

Police tracked Williams using surveillance footage from the area, with the 21-year-old trying to flee out the window when officers arrived at her Brooklyn Park apartment.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that a gun with pieces missing was 

A gun with apparent pieces missing was found under the mattress during the search of her apartment. Williams also admitted to the assault and robbery in an interview with police.

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