A 17-year-old boy interning for the Republican challenger of Rep. Ilhan Omar was fatally shot in north Minneapolis on Monday, according to reports.
The fatal victim, Andre Conley, was among two outreach workers for Lacy Johnson’s campaign that were struck by gunfire outside of a Super USA convenience store, WCCO reported.
Lacy’s campaign told the network that the two were not performing campaign duties at the time of the shooting, and the act of violence is not believed to be politically motivated.
“My nephew Andre did not deserve this,” Conley’s aunt, Fatemah Green, said at a Wednesday night vigil, KARE11 reported.
The surviving victim, a man, was hospitalized in stable condition.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of violence,” the Johnson campaign wrote in a Monday statement.
“It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is more needed than ever in our community.”
A suspect in the fatal shooting was arrested early Thursday following a police pursuit in Minneapolis, according to KARE11.
The shooting comes amid a spike in violence in Minneapolis. The city experienced more murders in the first nine months of 2020 than all of 2019, according to police crime data.
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