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Charges: Minneapolis teen fatally shot 17-year-old, led police on a chase days later

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is seeking to try the teenager as an adult.
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A teenager accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old and wounding a 19-year-old, and then days later leading police on a chase, has been charged. 

The 17-year-old Minneapolis boy is charged as a juvenile with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, two counts of felony possession of a firearm and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. 

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office seeks to try the boy as an adult, a news release says.

According to the juvenile petitions, Minneapolis police responded to a report of gunshots at a gas station near Fremont Avenue North and Dowling Avenue North. Police arrived to find Andre Conley, 17, shot three times and a 19-year-old man shot in the torso. Conley died at the hospital.

Conley, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, served as an outreach leader for Republican candidate Lacy Johnson's campaign. Johnson is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. The injured man also worked with the campaign, but neither of them was campaigning at the time of the shooting. 

At the scene of the gas station shooting, police recovered 11 discharged cartridge casings that were fired from different weapons, the petition states.

A few days later, on Sept. 17, police were conducting electronic surveillance and following the 17-year-old suspect, who was driving a Chevy Impala near the area of 7th Street and Lyndale Avenue North, charges state.

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Police attempted to stop the teenager, but he fled by driving through the North Loop in downtown Minneapolis. the petitions says. He continued onto Interstate 394 West, driving through barricades for the carpool/MnPASS lane heading into oncoming traffic, then took northbound U.S. Highway 169, exiting at Medicine Lake Road. 

Golden Valley police assisted in the chase, which ended when a Golden Valley police car hit the suspect's vehicle in the city of Plymouth, the petition says. By the time the chase ended, the Imapala had suffered body damage and the engine appeared to be smoking.

The suspect, who was trying to crawl out the driver's side window and then hooked his legs around the steering wheel while officers tried to arrest him, was eventually pulled from the car and detained, charges say. In the car, police found a .22 revolver. 

Meanwhile, during the chase, the suspect threw a phone and gun out the window. Police recovered both, and ballistics testing showed the gun was used in the Sept. 14 shooting, the petition notes.

During an interview with police, the teenager admitted to being involved in the shooting, charges say.

The teenager made his first court appearance on Monday and is being detained at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center.

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