Teen charged with murder in what county attorney calls 'another stupid killing'


A Minneapolis teenager accused of killing a bicyclist earlier this week has been charged with murder.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges against the 17-year-old Friday, calling it "another stupid killing," noting the victim – 19-year-old Tabyis Paskins – wasn't the intended target.


Paskins was bicycling with a friend down Logan Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when one of several young men and women yelled out to Paskins' friend, who ignored them and kept biking with Paskins, the juvenile petition says.

The group of people jumped into a red Jeep and caught up with the bicyclists, and the teenager leaned out of the passenger window and shot at them, hitting Paskins, charges say.

Paskins peddled a little further, before collapsing face down in the street, according to charges. He died later that morning.

The suspect is charged as a juvenile with second-degree murder in Paskins' death, as well as drive-by shooting of Paskins' friend, who wasn't hurt by the gunfire.

The suspect's "motivation appears to be that he thought the other victim had once been part of a gang he didn't like. This appalling gun violence must end," Freeman said.

Freeman says he is seeking to charge the teenager as an adult. BringMeTheNews does not typically name juveniles charged with a crime.

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