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New Information in Rochester Shooting that Killed 17-Year-Old

January 17, 2018 07:43 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Tuesday morning, Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin said they are continuing to investigate what lead up to a shooting that left 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim dead. 

Police say the shooter, Alexander Weiss, went back to his car to get a gun after getting in a confrontation with Rahim and another teen and then shot Rahim at a fairly close range. 

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Capt. Sherwin said there were "no punches thrown" in the confrontation leading up to the shooting. After the shooting, Weiss called 911. 

Police are continuing to look for a possible witness. They're looking for a woman driving a 2015-2017 red or maroon Honda-CRV in the area of the shooting around 8:20 Sunday morning. 

Weiss is still being held on a 2nd-degree murder charge, however as of yet that charge has not officially been filed. He's expected in court Wednesday. 

Note: There has been some spelling discrepancies on the victim's name. According to Captain Sherwin, the victim's name is Muhammed Rahim according to a drivers license and school records. 

PREVIOUS STORY: 

Officers responded to a reported shooting at the intersection of 31st Street NE and East River Road at around 8:21 Sunday morning.

When they arrived on the scene, they found 17-year-old Mohammed Rahim,  of Rochester, laying in the roadway with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to a release. 

In addition to the victim, two vehicles that appeared to be involved in a car accident were also found at the scene. 

Rahim was transported by ambulance to Saint Marys Mayo Clinic hospital without a pulse, and was determined dead when he arrived at the hospital, the release said. 

Police have identified the shooter as 25-year-old Alexander Weiss of Rochester. Weiss was detained at the scene and was transported to the Rochester Police Department where he was interviewed.

The handgun was recovered by police. They determined that Weiss was in legal possession of the gun. 

Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said Weiss was on his way to referee a youth basketball game when he saw Rahim’s vehicle in the ditch.

Weiss got out to see if anyone was hurt, at which point Rahim’s vehicle backed into Weiss’s, Sherwin said. At that point, Rahim and another teen got out of the car and confronted Weiss, leading to the shooting.

Based on statements, this does not appear to be a road rage type incident, Sherwin said.

Sherwin said Rahim and the other teen who confronted Weiss may have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident. He also said law enforcement has had “frequent” contact with Rahim prior to the shooting, though he did not elaborate on the contact due to Rahim being a minor.

The shooting is being treated as the city’s first homicide of 2018.

Sharon Zitzmann lives about 20 yards from the intersection and told our sister station KSTP while it's not the first time there's been a shooting in the area, the circumstances of the incident surprised her.

"I felt bad that it was a shooting and that somebody got killed. It's a neighborhood that's actually quiet. Very, very quiet neighborhood," she said. "You hate shootings. I am not one for the guns and all. It seems people want to solve differences by pulling out a gun."

"I figured it was something that maybe happened at 4 in the morning. I was totally surprised when it was 8:30 on a Sunday morning that you had this happen so close to my house."

At this time, Weiss is being held in the Olmsted County ADC on probable cause for 2nd-degree murder. However, this incident remains an active case as investigators continue to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this shooting, including claims of self-defense.

Sherwin said more information about the incident as well as a decision on whether to charge Weiss could come Tuesday.

 

EARLIER REPORT:

A 17-year-old Rochester teen is dead after being shot in the chest, according to Rochester Police. 

Officers responded to a reported shooting at the intersection of 31st Street NE and East River Road at around 8:21 Sunday morning.

When they arrived on the scene, they found 17-year-old Muhammad Raheem of Rochester laying in the roadway with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to a release. 

In addition to the victim, two vehicles that appeared to be involved in a car accident were also found at the scene. 

Raheem was transported by ambulance to St. Marys Mayo Clinic hospital without a pulse, and was determined dead when he arrived at the hospital, the release said. 

Police have identified the shooter as 25-year-old Alexander Weiss of Rochester. Weiss was detained at the scene and was transported to the Rochester Police Department where he was interviewed.

The handgun was recovered by police. They determined that Weiss was in legal possession of the gun. 

According to the release, based on evidence and statements from witnesses, the car accident preceded the shooting. Weiss was the driver and only person in one of the vehicles involved in the case, and Raheem was the driver of the second vehicle, which was also carrying three additional passengers in their teens.

In the report, police said, the accident led to a confrontation in the street involving Weiss, Raheem, and the 17-year old male passenger. Based on statements, this does not appear to be a road rage type incident.

Police are now looking for witnesses to help in the investigation.  They are looking to speak with the passenger(s) of a newer Red SUV that was occupied by a white female in her 30s, that was driving eastbound on 31st St. NE at the time of this incident.

At this time, Weiss is being held in the Olmsted County ADC on probable cause for 2nd-degree murder. However, this incident remains an active case as Investigators continue to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this shooting, including claims of self-defense.


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