Teen charged with manslaughter for shooting at St. Paul apartment

Police on the scene of a fatal shooting at a St. Paul apartment. (Credit SPPD) (Supplied)

UPDATE: Tuesday night, police announced charges had been filed against the teen involved in the shooting. Adnan Abdullahi Abdi faces a count of second-degree manslaughter.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Omar Noor Nunow.

The criminal complaint outlines Abdi initially lying about the circumstances of the shooting, but later admitting to mistakenly shooting his friend, not realizing the gun Nunow gave him was loaded.

The charges state: "Abdi admitted that he grabbed the gun and was trying to ‘scare’ [Nunow] as [Nunow] came back from the bathroom. Abdi said he grabbed the gun, pointed it at [Nunow] and said, ‘Freeze.’ Abdi said he was lying on his side on the bed when he pointed the gun at [Nunow]. He pulled the trigger not realizing that was loaded."


St. Paul police arrested an 18-year-old in connection to a fatal shooting that was initially reported to law enforcement as a suicide. 

The St. Paul Police Department said the incident happened on Monday at an apartment building on the 1900 block of Marshall Avenue. When officers arrived around 2 p.m., they found a man inside a unit with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the call was reported as a suicide, but the shooting is now being treated as a homicide. 

Police spoke to witnesses at the scene and noted "inconsistencies" with the statements. Based on what investigators learned, an 18-year-old was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder. 

Authorities did not share the circumstances of the shooting but said a handgun was found at the scene. 

"Investigators have put a lot of time into this. They worked through these witness statements. They're just starting to put pen to paper and try to put these circumstances together. We don't have a ton of answers that we can share yet, but they will come out at a certain point," said SPPD spokesperson Sgt. Mike Ernster. 

Further details about the victim are unknown at this time. This is the sixth homicide of St. Paul in 2024.