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Richfield Man Turns Himself in for Mpls. Shooting

Timothy L. Harper remains in jail on $250,000 bail after police say he shot and paralyzed a man in June.

Timothy L. Harper, 23, of Richfield surrendered to the Minneapolis Police Department this past Tuesday on charges stemming from the June 13 shooting of 42-year-old Macdad Abdullahi. The shooting occurred at Minneapolis' Franklin Library, located in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue E.

According to a report by the Star Tribune, after turning himself into police, Harper admitted shooting Abdullahi, who had emigrated to the U.S. from Sudan two years ago. 

Abdullahi, who was homeless at the time of the attack, was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting. He was brushing his teeth in a library bathroom when Harper approached him, saying something Abdullahi couldn't understand, police reported. The bullet struck Abdullahi's spine, causing irreversible damage.

Last month Harper was charged with first-degree assault by warrant. He remains in Hennepin County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

It remains unclear if Harper had a motivation for the alleged shooting. He and Abdullahi were both known patrons of the Franklin Library, as well as the main library in downtown Minneapolis.

Grant Vlasak August 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
While it's good his conscience finally kicked in, it should have done so before he put his hand on his gun. :-( He ruined two lives; his victim's and his own. Sad...
nicole harper August 26, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Just want everyone to know that its not true what ppl keep saying it was self defense free my bro its all in gods hands love my brother timothy
B_Schiff August 27, 2012 at 03:24 PM
MN Statute 609.065: "The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized [...] except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor's place of abode." Grant's comment above is based on the facts known so far, albeit only through the media. If more information is to come that puts this in a different light, we'll look to see it in the court records.
Misha Harper November 11, 2012 at 07:15 PM
MY BABY INNOCENT HANDS DOWN SISSY NICOLE U RIGHT THEY GOT MY BABY ON HERE LOOKINGG LIKE A MONSTA DUDE CHARGED AT MY BABY SO NO ONE KNOWS THEE STORY SO IF THEASE PPL ON HERR DNT NO THE STORY KEEP WORDS INSIDE COME ON NOW 2 SIDES TO A STORY!!

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