According to criminal charges filed Thursday, a 20-year-old St. Paul man said police he fired six bullets at a remote Dakota County residence on two days in March because he was unhappy that someone who lived there stole money from his family’s tobacco store.
Nadeem Ibrahim Aqel has been charged with two counts of drive-by shooting in Dakota County District Court. An arrest warrant has been issued for him.
A report of a shooting led Hastings police officers to a residence in Ravenna Township on March 25. The residents said they heard loud noises the night before and mistook them for fireworks until bullet holes were discovered in a car and shed.
In front of the house, officers discovered seven.45-caliber bullet casings and five 9mm casings.
A resident informed authorities he thought Aqel was responsible for the shooting. He claims that Aqel is furious with him because he stole money from his family’s tobacco shop while working there. Officers discovered that the individual had been charged with stealing.
He gave authorities a text message from Aqel that said, “you’re lucky I already contacted the cops, you’re lucky you stole from us and not some other Arabs, you’d be dead.”
The house was fired at again the next night. After hearing gunshots and witnessing a car accelerate away, a neighbor dialed 911. The residents said they were sound asleep in their beds when they were startled awake by rapid shooting.
Officers discovered 21 9mm shells on the street as well as a gunshot hole in one of the bedrooms. Several shots had struck a garage and the car inside.
Officers discovered that Aqel had been jailed for an unrelated offense on April 14. According to the accusations, a 9mm pistol and two casings were discovered in his Chevrolet Blazer at the time of his arrest.
According to the allegations, Aqel acknowledged to shooting at his home on April 20 because “he was unhappy with (the guy) for taking thousands of dollars from his father’s tobacco store.”
During the initial shot, Aqel stated he was accompanied by a 17-year-old Coon Rapids teenager. He claimed he took his 9mm pistol and fired five bullets through a window of his SUV into a barn and cars when they arrived at the Ravenna Township property. According to Aqel, the youngster, identified in the complaint by his initials J.M.A., shot multiple.45-caliber bullets at the residence. Officers discovered a.45-caliber pistol in J.M.A’s car afterwards.
According to the allegations, Aqel said he acted alone in the second shooting and fired around 30 shots at the residence.
In Hennepin County, Aqel was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery on April 12. Aqel and three others are accused of tying up two persons at a South Minneapolis apartment on March 1 and robbing them of their cellphones, wallets, and other valuables.