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Charges: Parking garage murder suspect told witness, 'I can’t believe that I shot that girl'

The 24-year-old victim was found dead in a parking garage.
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A Brooklyn Center man is accused of shooting a woman in the back of the head in a Minneapolis parking garage, later telling a witness: "I can’t believe that I shot that girl."

Otis Givens, 45 years old, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Ariana Marie Bradley, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Bradley was found dead in a parking ramp near South 9th Street and LaSalle Avenue Saturday night, with multiple gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors now allege Givens shot her twice – once in the arm, once in the back of the head as she tried to run away – following a verbal confrontation involving other people at the scene.

According to the criminal complaint:

"Shortly before the fatal shooting, there was a verbal altercation in a nearby alley, during which a female witness and a male colleague of Bradley's both displayed handguns. The female witness fired off a shot, which struck a male acquaintance of hers in the leg. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

At that point, the witness began providing aid to the shot male acquaintance, and Givens took possession of the gun. Bradley and her male colleague left for a nearby parking garage.  

Surveillance video then shows Givens follow them into parking garage, passing Bradley's male colleague on the way, then shooting Bradley - including in the back of the head as she tried to flee.

Givens then returned to the other group, and told a third witness, “I got at ‘em." Later, Givens and the female witness left the area, and he told her: "I can’t believe that I shot that girl."

Investigators used surveillance video, witness statements and receipts from a nearby bar to identify Givens, the complaint says. He was arrested Monday at the same intersection near which the shooting occurred.

If convicted for second-degree murder, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

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