Police have made an arrest in what’s turning into a violent feud between two north Minneapolis street gangs.
The shootings have been in front of a hospital, a light rail station and a crowded downtown nightclub, and music videos posted on the internet have been giving a blow-by-blow account of the action.
It was a brazen shooting two days ago, during the noon hour at 8th Street and Chicago Avenue, right in front of Hennepin County Medical Center. On Friday, prosecutors charged the shooter -- 23-year-old Kibbie Shakeel Walker -- but the shooter himself was the victim of a shooting just two weeks ago.
Prosecutors say it’s all part of a violent gang feud.
On the street, Walker goes by the name Prince Kibbie – a reputed member of the Young N’ Thugin Taliban street gang. He’s now charged with the broad daylight shooting of a pregnant woman in the leg, as she was driving to a medical appointment at HCMC.
“The locality is a concern,” Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said. “Time of day and number of people is a concern.”
TARGET FIELD LRT SHOOTING
Police don’t believe it’s a coincidence that just two weeks ago, Prince Kibbie was the victim of a shooting near the light rail station at Target Field.
It’s all part of bitter gang rivalry that’s been set to music. A video posted to YouTube back in January now has more than 13,000 views, and every expletive-loaded line has been of interest to homicide detectives.
EPIC MURDER CONNECTION
Of particular interest to police is a chorus that appears to refer to the shooting at Epic Night Club last November, when the reputed leader of the 1-9 Dip Set gang, Tyrone Washington (aka Ty Crack), was killed.
The Fox 9 Investigators have learned Prince Kibbie was at that concert and is considered a person of interest in the killing. Police believe the killer avoided metal detectors by entering the club through a VIP entrance in the back alley.
“We have witnesses less than cooperative, concerned about street justice and retaliation,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said at the time.
According to the charges, after the shooting at HCMC, Kibbie Walker ran to the East Village Market on 11th Avenue, ditching his sweatshirt and handgun. That’s where police arrested him.
Downtown, detectives told him they had his prints on the gun, to which he allegedly said “I f----- up. How much time am I looking at?”