Charges: Fridley man got into van and shot Minneapolis teen 3 times, killing him

It's not clear what the motive for the killing was.
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Travon Wallace (left), Tamar Long (right)

Travon Wallace (left), Tamar Long (right)

Two men have been charged in connection with the killing of a Minneapolis teenager in Fridley last Thursday.

Police were called to the 6100 block of 5th street Northeast in Fridley at 5:42 p.m. on Jan. 10, when a man was knocking on the caller's door asking for help.

Upon arrival, police found 18-year-old Keimonte Raclaud White, of Minneapolis, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He later died in a hospital.

An autopsy found that White was shot three times, including once at very close range, as indicated by a muzzle stamp left on his chest. 

Two of White's friends told investigators that they were all in a van en route to Fridley "to pick up a man they didn't know for a fee."

When they got to the pickup location, a man in a winter coat with a fur-lined hood got into the back of the van and shot White multiple times. 

White's friends fled the van in fear of their lives, noting that the suspect also ran from the scene.

Just prior to the shooting, a woman sitting in a car near the scene told police that her boyfriend, Tamar Brayon Long, 20, of Fridley, had left the car and returned with a handgun in his sweatshirt pocket.

Long then left the car and went into a house at 6152 5th Street Northeast, only to return without the gun. 

A few minutes later she heard gunshots, and saw the man in the winter coat run into the same house. Long then went back into the house, returning a few moments later with the gun once again in his possession.

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Another witness told investigators that he met with Long later that night and Long showed him the gun, claiming that his "cousin" handed it to him after the shooting. 

The "cousin" has been identified as Travon Shug Wallace, 24, of Fridley, whose grandmother identified the winter coat with a fur-lined hood as his. 

Police found the coat stuffed in a bag inside a vehicle Long and Wallace were seen together in, and the coat had a gunshot hole in one of its sleeves. The gun used in the killing has not been found. 

Wallace has been charged with second-degree murder and faces up to 40 years in prison. Long has been charged with one count of aiding an offender, a felony with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. 

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