Byamin Beiti Omar arrested in Guled Hashi Mohamed's murder

Charges could come as early as today against 28-year-old Byamin Beiti Omar, a Minneapolis man arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Guled Hashi Mohamed on Sunday night.

Mohamed, 25, was shot as he sat in a car on Nicollet Avenue near Groveland Avenue. He died on Tuesday, and his family friends held a vigil Wednesday pleading for the public's help in finding their son's killer.


Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer says Omar was arrested without incident at 26th Street East and Nicollet Avenue South on Thursday afternoon. As of this morning he was being held without bail at the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause murder. We'll post a mug shot as soon as we have one.

Omar's arrest is the only so far to come out of an unusual night of violence in Minneapolis on Memorial Day weekend. Starting Sunday night, and then going into the early hours of Monday morning, there were five shooting incidents.

Two happened south of downtown on Nicollet Avenue South, and two others took place in the Warehouse District along 1st Avenue North. Police don't know where the fifth shooting took place; the victim showed up at HCMC on his own, but left before he could be treated.

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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.