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Teen who was hit by gunfire Monday in Uptown is charged in Minneapolis mass shooting last summer

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A teenager who was wounded this week during a spray of gunfire Monday night in Uptown has been charged with unleashing rapid-fire gunshots in south Minneapolis that hit nine people outside a corner store last summer.

Jaden T. Butcher, 18, of Minneapolis, was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of fleeing police in connection with a mass shooting in August outside the Minneapolis Market near the intersection of E. Franklin and S. Chicago avenues.

The shooting last summer occurred close to the same location where four people were shot — one fatally — Tuesday afternoon. No arrests have been announced stemming from this shooting. Police Chief Brian O'Hara said the area is known as a narcotics "hot spot."

Butcher was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for a gunshot wound to a foot, jailed Tuesday and remains held in lieu of $1 million bail ahead of a court appearance Thursday afternoon. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

According to the criminal complaint and police records concerning the shooting on Aug. 20:

Shortly before 6 p.m., two people got out of a car with guns — a pistol and a fully automatic rifle — and fired at least 42 rounds into a crowd and hit "no less than nine people," the charges read. ShotSpotter technology detected at least 28 shots were fired within 11/2 seconds.

"At least four of the people shot were juveniles," the complaint noted, "as well as a grandmother who was present with her approximately 8-year-old granddaughter. The granddaughter is ... trampled as the victims flee at the time of the shooting."

Some of the gunfire hit a house at the corner of Elliot and Franklin avenues, but no one inside was hurt.

 

Surveillance video from "various sources" helped investigators identify the car and track it to Butcher's guardian as being the owner. Three days after the shooting, investigators saw Butcher get in the car outside the home of his brother and drive away. Undercover officers tailed Butcher and the State Patrol attempted to stop him, but he sped off and was not pursued.

Six months later, on Monday, Butcher showed up at HCMC after being shot shortly before 10:30 p.m. near the 1300 block of Lake Street in the Uptown neighborhood. A 911 dispatcher reported what sounded like automatic gunfire.

At least five guns were used in the shooting, and police tallied roughly 100 discharged cartridge casings. Some hit an apartment building and a parked vehicle.

Police have not announced arrests in this case.

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(Star Tribune staff writers Liz Sawyer and Andy Mannix contributed to this report.)

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