Teen sentenced to 130 months for Foot Locker shooting


A teenager who shot a man outside a Foot Locker after fighting with him over a pair of Nike sneakers has been sentenced to almost 11 years in prison.

Gary Lamar Townsend, 18, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder on Tuesday, in relation to the shooting outside the store on Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, on March 5.

He was 17 at the time of the shooting, but was certified as an adult in court.

According to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Townsend shot the man four times – twice in the liver, once in the kidney and once in the arm – with a witness saying an argument had started over Nike Air Jordans.

The men were in a line outside when the shooting occurred, waiting for the store to open on the first day the new version of the Air Jordan 2 Retro "Wing Its" went on sale.

Witnesses also suggested that the fight was about cutting in line, and during the scuffle Townsend himself was shot in the leg by one of the witnesses, who had a permit to carry a firearm.

Townsend was helped move away from the area by one of his friends, an 18-year-old man who has since been charged with aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault, with his next court appearance pending.

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