UPDATE: Two suspects charged in Hudson shooting
Three people were injured in a Sunday morning shooting in the parking lot in front of Spirit Seller Liquors in downtown Hudson, and two suspects were later taken into custody in Minnesota.
The suspects were charged Tuesday morning by the St. Croix County District Attorney's office. Guled Bile Abdi, 22, and Ahmed Farah Hirsi, 26, both of Minneapolis, have been charged with six counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide -- as a party to a crime; three counts of first degree reckless injury -- as a party to a crime; and six counts of first degree racklessly endangering safety -- as a party to a crime. Both men are currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.
The identities of the victims was released Monday morning by the Hudson Police Department. Injured in the shooting were Abdirahman Abdirizak Hersi, 23, of Minneapolis; Mohamed Deballa Hussein, 21, of Savage, Minn.; and Fartun Ibrahim Aidid, 28, of Hopkins, Minn. Police reported that Hersi and Hussein were released from the hospital, but Aidid remains at Regions -- she is in critical condition.
According to Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen, the shooting occurred just before 9:25 a.m. Sunday, and St. Croix EMS took three patients -- two men and one woman -- to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Two suspects were taken into custody more than an hour later at a Hampton Inn hotel in Bloomington, Minn., at 2860 Metro Drive, according to a press release issued by the Hudson Police Department late Sunday afternoon. Witnesses reported that a tan or gray late-90s Cadillac sedan was involved in the incident and had fled the scene into Minnesota, according to the release. According to the release, an Eagan, Minn., police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and followed it to the Bloomington hotel where the arrests were made.
"When officers approached this vehicle it was found abandoned. The two suspects were later apprehended a short distance from this hotel. It was later learned that these suspects had entered the hotel prior to being stopped and had placed possible evidence in the hotel," according to the press release. The evidence was recovered by the Bloomington Police Department and it was turned over to the Hudson Police Department, along with the suspect vehicle. The Bloomington Police Department is holding the suspects at the request of the Hudson Police Department. Hudson detectives are interviewing the shooting victims, and more information will be provided at a later time, according to the release.
Scanner audio from the incident is available at the Minnesota Police Clips website. Police Clips also has scanner audio of Bloomington and Eagan officers taking suspects into custody at the Bloomington hotel. According to an online business listing, the store at 203 Second Street is "owned by Dick and Carole Fey and managed by son-in-law John Kromer and his wife, Jamie." Spirit Seller Liquors is one of multiple businesses in the River City Center strip mall. Carbone's Pizzeria, Riverfront Athletic Club and Croixview Chiropractic are also located there. Reporter Meg Heaton contributed to this report. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.