Teen pleads guilty in Foot Locker shooting

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Minneapolis teenager pleaded guilty in the shooting of a man outside a Brooklyn Center Foot Locker store in March, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Gary Lamar Townsend, 18, who was previously certified as an adult, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder on Tuesday. He was sentenced to 130 months in prison.

According to the petition, on the morning of March 5, police were called to the Kids Foot Locker store on Shingle Creek Parkway on a report of people with weapons. When police arrived, they found people waiting patiently in a long line for the store to open because a new Michael Jordan shoe was going on sale. However, there was no sign of any guns and the police returned to the parking lot and watched.

Just before 10 a.m., the officers heard about a dozen gunshots in front of the store. They saw Daniel J. Hart, 18, helping an injured Townsend, who had been shot in the leg, move away. Police put Townsend in the back of a squad car until an ambulance arrived. Hart left the scene and was later charged with aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault. Hart’s next court appearance is pending.

Police also found a victim lying on the ground in front of the store. According to information they received, he had been shot four times, twice in the liver, once in the kidney and once in the arm. Next to him was Witness A, with a gun in his hand, which he dropped when ordered by police. Witness A said the victim and Townsend had been fighting over shoes. Other witnesses told police an argument had started about people cutting in line. Townsend pulled out a gun and shot the victim, at which point Witness A pulled out his own gun and shot Townsend. Witness A has a Minnesota permit to carry.