17-year-old charged in Crystal gas station shooting


A 17-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of an 18-year-old at a Crystal gas station, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Cortez Ananias Williams, of Minneapolis, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter of Haeveon Martese Chavez Wesley. Williams made his first court appearance this afternoon. A judge will determine if he should stand trial as a juvenile or an adult.

According to the criminal complaint, at 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 26, police responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound at North Memorial Hospital. Wesley had a single gunshot wound to his chest and died at the hospital.

Police learned from witnesses at the hospital that the shooting occurred at the Super America on West Broadway in Crystal. Witnesses reported that Wesley and Williams had been at the gas station and both had guns. The two decided to switch them and during the exchange Wesley was shot. Officers reviewed surveillance video at the Super America and corroborated the witness’ accounts, but the actual shooting is not captured on the video.

On August 28, Williams turned himself in. Williams told the investigator that he and Wesley were drinking alcohol from a bottle in the car and they were drunk. Williams said they were in the back seat when the shooting occurred.