Man sentenced for his role in drive-by-shooting


Ahmed Abdullahi was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to aiding in a drive-by shooting in Minneapolis, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday. The incident occurred near the Bashaal Café located at 10 15th St. E. 

Hennepin County District Court Judge Daniel Moreno also ordered Abdullah, 31, to have no further contact with St. Paul Pistol Boys gang members at his sentencing Friday. The vehicle used in the shooting was suspected of having been used by members or associates of the St. Paul Pistol Boys in an earlier incident.

Prior to this case, Abdullahi served time in prison for first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. As a result, Abdullahi was initially charged with prohibited person in possession of firearm. However, as part of a plea negotiation, that charge was dropped, and in fact, he claimed in court he was not the shooter.

On Sept. 9, 2013, three adult male victims were shot and injured by two Somali males. Witnesses reported hearing a half-dozen gunshots. Police conducted a line-up and developed Abdullahi to be a suspect to the shooting.

Judge Moreno also sentenced Abdullahi to the 221 days he already served in jail since his arrest.

As conditions of his probation, Abdullahi was ordered to have no use of drugs or alcohol and to submit to random testing. The probation officer also recommended a psychological evaluation.  Although the judge encouraged Abdullahi  to seek treatment, he declined to make it mandatory.  Abdullahi and his attorney maintain that this is a personal issue unrelated to the case.