Two charged in shooting of 13-year-old Minneapolis boy


Two 21-year-old men were charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Andrew Townsend, with no permanent address, and Brandyn Wilson were each charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder. They are expected to make their first court appearance Thursday and the county attorney’s office is seeking bail of $500,000 for each of them.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 10:50 p.m. Oct. 9, police were sent to investigate a gunshot and they found a 13-year-old boy lying on the ground in the backyard of a townhome in the 2400 block of Ogema Place.

Witnesses said they saw three men in the area, two of them being Townsend and Wilson and Townsend was carrying a pistol. They also heard a man use the boy’s nickname before the gunshot, the complaint states.

Surveillance video shows the three men in an altercation. A minute later the three are shown walking towards the townhouses at 2216-2422 Ogema Place. About 10 seconds later, the video shows the boy falling to the ground and soon after, the three men running away, according to the complaint.

The boy was rushed to the hospital and he remains in critical condition from a gunshot wound to the head.

Townsend Criminal Complaint (PDF)

Wilson Criminal Complaint (PDF)