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Charges: Fingerprint on pop can leads to arrest of shooting suspect

The victim's left arm is paralyzed and she has been unable to work since the June 29 incident.
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A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection to a Minneapolis shooting because his fingerprints were found on a can of Pepsi.

Marion Quintel Ware, 19, was charged Thursday with first-degree assault, second-degree riot armed with a dangerous weapon, and being a convicted person in illegal possession of ammo/firearm. 

According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police responded to the 2600 block of Nicollet Avenue on June 29, where they found a woman who'd been shot in the back and was bleeding from her mouth. 

The bullet had traveled through her left shoulder blade, into her lung and then across her neck. The bullet stopped on the right side of her neck, where it remains, she told investigators after being released from the hospital. 

Her left arm is paralyzed, she is unable to work at her current job as a physician's assistant and she is in "constant pain," charges state. 

The victim's friend told police they'd just finished eating at a local restaurant and were headed northbound on Nicollet Avenue on June 29, charges say. When they got to the intersection of 27th Street, she noticed a group of males a block over. Then they heard gunshots and they ran, but the victim got shot and was on the ground. 

Other witnesses at the scene saw a group of suspects run away from the area with guns, the complaint says. And surveillance cameras nearby captured the group of suspects prior to the shooting. 

Investigators reviewed the video and saw several males gathered on the sidewalk on the southside of Tobacco N Mas at 2655 Nicollet Ave. when a sedan began shooting at the group of males, charges note. Four of the suspects can be seen raising handguns and firing back at the vehicle as they run away. 

Surveillance video from a house on the block showed the vehicle, then 8-10 gunshots could be heard before the young men began running toward the alley, the complaint says. A second round of shots could then be heard on the video.

While processing the scene of the shooting, police found a Pepsi can on the steps where the group of suspects had been sitting, charges say. Investigators found fingerprints on the pop can that matched Ware. 

Surveillance video shows him carrying the Pepsi can before the shooting and setting it down. He was also captured on video with a gun shooting down the street. 

When police arrested Ware on July 1, they found a handgun in the vehicle he was in. The discharged cartridge casings found at the scene of the shooting matched the gun. 

Ware is prohibited from possessing a gun due to a felony adjudication of simple robbery with adjudication on April 12, 2017, the complaint adds. 

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