Officials on Tuesday charged a Minneapolis man with second-degree murder for one of two deaths that occurred Sunday morning at a north Minneapolis convenience store.
Demerio Davis, 19, is accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Samuel Abron-Yeager of Fridley during a confrontation at Emerson Food Market, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's office.
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According to the criminal complaint, Davis and the second victim, Jamarius Shief, 18, entered the store about 9:30 a.m. Sunday and began discussing something with Abron-Yeager and another man. Davis and Shief left, but soon returned. As Shief began punching one of the other men, Davis fired at Abron-Yeager. Abron-Yeager pulled his own gun and chased Davis and Shief, firing several shots before collapsing. Abron-Yeager is believed to have killed Shief during the exchange of gunfire.
In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Davis has been charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Prosecutors say they'll seek an upward departure at sentencing if Davis is found guilty because numerous other people, including children, were present in and around the store at the time of the shooting.