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Charges: Minneapolis man shot another man to avenge his brother's death

The suspect fatally shot a 36-year-old St. Paul man in an auto body shop on March 30, charges state.
Mohamed Mohamud Farah

A Minneapolis man is accused of fatally shooting a 36-year-old St. Paul man in an auto body shop, with charges suggesting he did so to avenge his brother's death. 

Mohamed Mohamud Farah, 31, of Minneapolis, is charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder in connection to the fatal shooting of Mohamed Samatar, 36, of St. Paul, at Arcade Auto Body on March 30. 

According to the criminal complaint, St. Paul police responded to the Arcade Auto Body shop on the 1300 block of Arcade Street in St. Paul at around 3:38 p.m. on March 30 on a report of a shooting. 

Police found casings on the shop's office floor and a blood trail that led to the bathroom, where Samatar was found and pronounced dead shortly thereafter, charges say.

Surveillance footage captured the shooting, showing the suspect shooting Samatar at point-blank range, the complaint states. Video showed a Black man, later identified as Farah, walk into the shop, go into the office with Samatar, then raise his gun while Samatar raised his hands in a "defenseless manner."

Farah shot at Samatar until he ran out of ammunition, charges say, then he put his gun in his pocket and walked out the front door. 

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said Samatar was shot six times — in the head, the right shoulder, the groin, the right arm and twice in the chest. His cause of death was transection of the cervical spinal cord and exsanguination due to multiple gunshot wounds, with the medical examiner calling it a homicide.

While there were others in the auto body shop, no one heard the shooting because of loud equipment that was being used, charges note. 

Members of the Somali community told police a man named "Barre" was involved in Samatar's death. In a 2009 interview with police, Farah, who identified himself as "Barre," said his younger brother "Shorty" was killed in Minneapolis in 2008 after Samatar put a hit out on him. 

Samatar, according to Farah, had a dispute with Farah's older brother and couldn't get to him or Farah because they were in prison, so he went after "Shorty," charges state. Farah also said Samatar was involved in a non-fatal shooting of his older brother. 

Samatar's family told police he used to be a member of the Hot Boy gang, the complaint says. Police believed "Shorty's" death was linked to gang activity, but Samatar, who was interviewed in connection to the case, was never charged in "Shorty's" death.

Farah, who declined to be interviewed by police, was arrested last week and is being held in jail on $1.5 million bail.

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