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GANG ACTIVITY: 17-year-old charged as adult in 3 drive-by shootings

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A 17-year-old Minneapolis teen will be tried as an adult when he faces six counts of second-degree attempted murder for the benefit of a gang in connection with three separate drive-by shootings.

The investigation against Patrick Carl Timberlake began on March 5, 2012, when police were dispatched to a series of drive-by shooting reports in north Minneapolis. In all three cases, a gunman was reportedly shooting out of the passenger side of a black Crown Victoria.

FIRST SHOOTING

A victim of the first shooting walked into the 4th precinct office after being shot in the foot. She told officers she was with friends near the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. when a black Crown Victoria drove by and made a U-turn. Immediately, the victim and her friends got into their cars.

The victim told police she was driving away when she looked in her rearview mirror and saw a gunman in the front passenger seat shooting out of his window. She was then struck in the foot, but her injuries were minor. When she gave officers her shoe, the bullet was still inside.

SECOND SHOOTING

Nearly two hours later, police were dispatched to the intersection of Broadway Avenue West and Penn Avenue North after it was reported that shots had been fired at a white Buick out of a black Crown Victoria.

The victims in that shooting had just come from a nearby park and were stopped at a red light at Broadway and Lyndale avenues while the driver of the black Crown Victoria was pumping gas at Winner Gas Station.

Both the driver and passenger of the Buick told police the Crown Victoria pulled alongside them and the driver asked, "What y'all on?" They did not respond and instead continued westbound when they heard four gunshots.

The driver of the Buick told police he tried to drive faster and turned southbound on Newtown Avenue but was followed. The criminal complaint states his passenger laid down in the backseat and heard three more gunshots. He reported watching one bullet come through the back window.

After the vehicle was struck, the driver of the Buick drove into a front yard at 18th Avenue North and Newton Avenue North and his passenger fled the vehicle. When officers arrived, they found the driver with a gunshot wound on the back of his neck. Doctors who treated him opted to leave the bullet there.

THIRD SHOOTING

Just before 11 p.m., officers were called to another report of multiple shots fired from a black Crown Victoria near the intersection of 25th Avenue North and Dupont Avenue North. Callers told dispatch the car fled and a green Chevy Suburban also fled the area at a high rate of speed.

Police located the Suburban at the intersection of 25th and Emerson with three occupants inside. Officers saw four bullet holes in the driver's side door, but no one had been injured. Two bullets were found inside the vehicle.

The victims told police they were near 24th and Dupont when they saw a black Crown Victoria drive by with three people inside. All confirmed a passenger in the front seat was hanging out the window and shooting at them, and that the car had been involved in numerous shootings in the area.

Police said the victims informed them the driver of the vehicle's nickname was "D," and they said they believed they could identify the shooter.

THE ARREST

At about 11:05 p.m., officers saw a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the shootings at Freemont Avenue and 37th and began to follow it; however, it sped away from police despite police activating their lights and sirens.

The criminal complaint states that the driver led police on a chase, but officers were delayed by traffic. They caught up to the car at 46th and Camden Avenue, but it was parked and unoccupied.

Officers took the vehicle to the forensic garage for processing and contacted the listed owner, who told police the car had recently been sold to Dexter Lamont Lee.

Investigators soon learned that Lee lived at an address that had been the scene of a murder in 2011 where a member of the Stick Up Boys gang had been killed. Police say Juwon Osbourne, alias "Skitz" was killed and a new gang called "Skitz Squad" had been formed in his memory.

Police say the Skitz Squad blamed rival gangs, such as YNT and the Taliban, for Osbourne's slaying and that all the victims in the shootings had associations with or were members of those gangs.

Police obtained surveillance video from Winner's gas station and the criminal complaint says three men were seen getting out of the Crown Victoria and going into the gas station together. The driver was identified as Lee and the suspected shooter was identified as Timberlake. The third man was not identified.

Officers showed photographs of Timberlake to the victims in a lineup, and both identified him as being involved in the shootings.

Timberlake, who lives at one block away from where the abandoned Crown Victoria was found, was found and taken into custody. In a taped interview with police, he denied any involvement and told officers he was home all day and had not been in a car.

Police then executed a search warrant at his home and recovered a pound of marijuana, two shrines dedicated to Osbourne, and notebooks containing gang graffiti and photos.

THE CHARGES

Timberlake remains in custody, and he was ordered to stand trial as an adult on Jan. 10. The Minnesota Supreme Court denied further review of that decision on Feb. 19.

On Wednesday, Timberlake was formally charged with six counts of felony second-degree attempted murder for the benefit of a gang.

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