MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Two people have been charged in connection with a shooting in Little Earth neighborhood of Minneapolis that injured six people Wednesday night.
Rico King, 21, of Minneapolis was charged with five counts of second-degree assault for shooting five people, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Georgina Kellum, 35, of Crystal, was charged with one count of aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact. They made their first court appearance on Friday afternoon and will have their next appearance on Monday.
A 14-year-old also took part in the shooting, but because he is a minor, his name and proceedings will be confidential.
"What's a 14-year-old doing with a handgun shooting people up?" said Freeman. "You know, police and prosecutors do what we can. The police arrest everyone who has a gun who shouldn't have. We charge all felons in possession with that crime and we convict a lot of them. But society has got to do more about removing handguns off the streets."
The shooting took place at 7:45 p.m. near the intersection of 24th Street and Ogema Place. When officers arrived, they encountered a “chaotic scene of over 50 people,” according to the charges. Investigators have previously said the shooting started with a fight.
Six people, including one juvenile, were struck by gunfire. The victims were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where two of them remain in critical condition.
Officers recovered multiple discharged cartridge casings and several firearms, including an assault-style rifle, from the scene.
Police have identified all three gunmen seen on surveillance video. Two of the gunmen, King and the 14-year-old, were seen firing their weapons. The third gunman, who appeared to be carrying the assault-style rifle, was unable to get the firearm out from under his clothes.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Kellum obtained the gun used by the 14-year-old. Kellum lied to investigators about the gun, but police found it on her while she was being booked into the Hennepin County Jail.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has not released additional details on the juvenile or the third gunman.