A 21-year-old St. Paul man has been charged with manslaughter after police say he shot and killed his cousin with a gun he thought was empty.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, Abdirahman Mohamed Adam, 21, now faces one felony count of second-degree manslaughter for the incident that occurred Dec. 2.
According to the men who brought the 22-year-old victim to the hospital, a group of them had been hanging out at Dunning Recreation Center in St. Paul when the inadvertent gunshot occurred.
The owner of the car, Adam, turned himself in after taking the victim to the hospital. Later, while meeting with investigators, Adam said he was the cousin of the victim.
The two men were with other friends earlier that night, one of which had a small handgun. The men went to Harriet Island to shoot it. Once there, the cousin fired six shots into the air and hear the gun click, signaling to the men that it was empty.
The group then drove to Dunning Recreation Center to buy marijuana and the men took the gun out “in an attempt to be cool” in front of some friends they knew, according to the complaint.
Adam then went to the rear driver’s side of the car and pointed the gun at his cousin. Adam pulled the trigger and shot his cousin in the face.
The friends all got back in the car and took the victim to the hospital and another friend took Adam from the scene.
One week later, the cousin died as a result of a traumatic brain injury sustained after the gunshot wound.