Teen charged with murder in Minneapolis gang shooting

The victim was a high ranking member of the Somali Outlaws gang.
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An 18-year-old man has been charged with a gang-related fatal shooting in Minneapolis last week.

Mahad Ali, has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the killing of 25-year-old Mustafa Ali after a shootout at 23rd and Aldrich Avenues on Friday evening.

Mustafa Ali, a high ranking member of the Somali Outlaws gang, suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest. He was in a Chevy Impala that was taking him to a hospital when it was stopped by police on Lyndale Avenue.

Paramedics rendered aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the Impala was a grey Nissan Altima which showed up a short time later at Hennepin County Medical Center. The two people inside were identified as members of the 1627 Boys, a rival gang of the Somali Outlaws.

Soon after, a grey Jeep Cherokee arrived at the hospital, with Mahad Ali running to the front door saying he'd been shot, and underwent surgery on a bullet wound as a result.

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Further investigation and surveillance video determined the driver of the Jeep had picked up a drug dealer on Broadway Avenue and driven him to 23rd and Aldrich so the dealer could sell to someone else.

The dealer was Mahad Ali, who was in the back seat of the Jeep when it stopped at 23rd and Aldrich. Mustafa Ali walked up to the back door of the Jeep, at which point gunfire erupted.

It's not clear who fired first, though Mahad Ali's mother told police her son and Mustfa Ali had "a beef" for months.

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