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Man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend now charged with riot over gang shootout

Another man has also been charged with riot over the incident in which around 100 bullets were fired.
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Zachary Robinson

The man accused with killing pregnant girlfriend Laneesha Columbus earlier this month has now been charged with 1st-degree riot in relation to a gang shootout outside a Minneapolis bar in June.

Zachary Robinson, 27, of St. Paul, has been charged along with Desean Solomon, 30, of Richfield in relation to the June 14 gun battle in which one man died after being shot in the head.

Robinson has just been extradited back to Minnesota after being arrested in Chicago with the murder of Columbus, who was carrying his unborn child, who was born prematurely as a result and remains in a critical condition in a hospital.

Per the latest criminal complaint for Robinson and Solomon, the "running gun battle" happened outside of 4 Street Saloon, and was sparked by a robbery inside the Broadway Pub at 200 Broadway Ave. NE.

It was at the Broadway Pub that a man named Ike was robbed by a Bloods gang member known as "Skits," with video showing Solomon, Robinson, and an unidentified third man leaving the bathroom where the robbery allegedly took place.

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"Sometime after that, a running gun battle begins with the majority of the shots being fired outside the 4th Street Saloon, two blocks west of the pub," the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says, with surveillance footage showing Solomon firing a handgun, and Robinson being in possession of one.

The complaint says police were "actively prevented" by some crowd members from administering first aid to two victims. Another victim had been taken to HCMC prior to police arriving, and he died after getting to the hospital.

Police later found 100 discharged cartridge casings at the scene near the 4th Street Saloon, with 12 different guns having been used.

Just under a month later, Robinson allegedly opened fire after having gotten into an argument with Columbus near 38th and Chicago in south Minneapolis.

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