Biyamin Beiti Omar charged with murdering Guled Hashi Mohamed


Guled Hashi Mohamed was sitting in the passenger seat of a car parked at Nicollet and 18th the night before Memorial Day when a man ran up to the window from behind and put a bullet through Mohamed's temple.

Biyamin Beiti Omar was the gunman, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said this afternoon, and he's been charged with second-degree intentional murder.

Mohamed died Tuesday.


Witnesses say the shooting came about after two men approached the car on foot at about 11:20 p.m. The driver pulled away, the two men chased after the car, the driver stopped, and Mohamed got out and confronted the pair.

"You know me," he said. "Why are you following me?"

Mohamed then got back into the car, and a third man, identified as Omar, ran forward and opened fire.

Police say that when they arrested Omar, he was wearing the same shirt described by witnesses the night of shooting. And he admitted to being the vicinity of the shooting. But he denied seeing, hearing, or being involved with the shooting in any way.

The 28-year-old Hopkins man is being held on $2 million bond at the Hennepin County jail. Police haven't released his booking photo. [CRIMINAL COMPLAINT]


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2011 Minneapolis Homicides:

Krissy Bates, 45, was strangled, stabbed, and beaten to death on January 11 in her apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, her boyfriend, has been charged with murdering Bates, who was transgender.

Stanley Curtis Rogers, 58, was shot dead on the night of January 21 in what police describe as a robbery gone bad in an alley behind 3656 Clinton Ave. S. Ladell James Antone Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder.

Jeremee Jon Kraskey, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, February 26. Police found his body in the back yard of a home at 3520 14th Ave. S. near Powderhorn Park.

Stephanie Smith, 21, was shot and killed the night of March 28 as she was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with another man. Someone opened fire from another vehicle, and then sped away. There have been no arrests yet in the case.

Benjamin Van Handel, 23, a U of M student out late with friends in Dinkytown, was intentionally run over early in the morning on April 15. He died of his injuries April 21. Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is charged with his murder.

Tomika Swoope, 19, was shot on April 25 in a suspected drive-by on Columbus Avenue South, near her home. Witnesses think she was mistaken for being a gang member. She died April 28 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Keontrell Govan, 18, died the day after he was found shot in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in north Minneapolis on May 4. Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged with second degree murder in the case.

Kristopher Miller, 27, a popular staffer at North High School, was found shot dead in front of his home on May 11. Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with the murder

Edward Trondell Baker, 24, was shot early in the morning on May 24 in the 5700 block of Sander Avenue, just a few blocks north of Highway 62 and the perimeter of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Guled Hashi Mohamed, 25, was shot late the night of May 29 while sitting in his car outside a restaurant on Nicollet Avenue South at Groveland Avenue, then was left at a gas station at Lyndale and 22nd. He died two days later at Hennepin County Medical Center.