17-year-old charged with fatal shooting at downtown Minneapolis light rail station

MINNEAPOLIS– A 17-year-old St. Paul boy was charged Thursday in connection with a shooting at a downtown Minneapolis light rail station that left a 15 year old dead.

The boy faces charges of intentional second-degree murder, according to a juvenile motion filed Thursday.

Police arrived at the scene at Nicollet Mall station around 5.30pm on Tuesday, where they found the 15-year-old boy lying on the platform surrounded in blood. Officers and a bystander attempted to provide medical attention, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Fred Ulysses Walker.

The county attorney’s office said police found an unloaded casing next to the boy’s body.

Subway surveillance video shows the teenager on the light rail as the victim walks on the platform at the Nicollet shopping center. The suspect looks out the window, stares at the victim, and pulls out a handgun. The victim raises both hands in the air and the suspect fires the gun, the petition states. The suspect then gets off the train and flees the platform.

After viewing the Metro Transit footage, police spoke to a bus driver who said an individual matching the suspect’s description had just got off the bus.

Police searched the area and found the suspect. He was carrying a handgun with an extended magazine that was the same caliber as the case unloaded at the scene and admitted shooting the victim, the county attorney’s office said.

The teenager will make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors will seek to have him tried as an adult.

Jose P. Rogers