Teenager killed in downtown Minneapolis light rail station

A teenager was fatally shot at a downtown Minneapolis light rail station, and police took a “person of interest” into custody within an hour of the shooting.

Officers were called to the trolley platform along 5th Street west of Nicollet Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report of gunfire, the Minneapolis police spokesman said, Howie Padilla. First responders attempted to save the boy’s life, but he died at the scene alongside the platform.

A single casing was found at the scene and police believe the shooter and victim knew each other. The victim’s body lay covered on the platform as police investigated the area.

“It was kind of a conflict between two individuals who seemed to know each other,” Padilla said. Metro Transit police helped find footage of the person of interest to identify him, and a bus operator spotted the person.

This is the 55th homicide in Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune database.

The entire block where the transit station is located was cordoned off by police, where numerous squad cars and offices secured the area.

The incident also disrupted rail service downtown.

At 7:45 p.m., trains resumed Nicollet Station to Target Field, according to an alert from Metro Transit.

A woman getting off the bus on 5th Street moments before described hearing a “pop” as she walked to a nearby store.

“I was like, ‘Is this a gunshot?’ Yes, it was,” said Mary Sue, who declined to give her full name. “Scary.”

Several dozen passers-by lingered around the yellow crime tape waiting for answers as hundreds of pedestrians bound for the Minnesota Twins game walked past the scene.

David H. Henry