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2nd Degree Murder Charge Following Shooting of Rochester Teen

Alexander Weiss Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Alexander Weiss

January 17, 2018 10:35 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A felony charge has been filed against a Rochester man accused of shooting a teenager to death.

25-year-old Alexander Weiss is set to be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Olmsted County Court on a felony charge of second-degree murder.

Police said 17-year-old Muhammad Rahim was driving near the intersection of 31st Street NE and East River Road around 8:20 Sunday morning when his car went into the ditch. Police said another driver stopped his vehicle to offer assistance at which point Rahim's car backed into his, prompting an argument that led the other driver, 25-year-old Alexander Weiss of Rochester, to shoot Rahim in the chest.

On Tuesday, January 16, Rochester Police said a woman, who was driving by at the time of the incident, gave officers her witness account.  She is the same woman officers were looking for who was driving a maroon, Honda CRV.  The woman said she was on her way to pick up a friend for church when she saw two men, who looked to be arguing, standing between two cars.  The woman told police one man pulled out a gun and shot the other man.  The woman said she was about a car length away when it happened.

Police said the woman was able to flag down a police officer on Broadway, who ended up being the first officer to respond to the scene.  Rochester Police said the woman’s statement did not change their decision to recommend a second-degree murder charge against Weiss.

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