MINNEAPOLIS - A teenager has pleaded guilty in a series of drive-by shootings in Minneapolis that left two people with injuries.
Patrick Carl Timberlake, age 17, offered guilty pleas in two counts of drive-by shooting from last year. He could serve between 96 to 114 months in adult prison when he is sentenced April 29.
Minneapolis Police responded to a series of drive-by shooting calls on March 5, 2012. A woman first walked into the Fourth Precinct Station and said she was at 21st Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue when a black Crown Victoria made a U-turn. She jumped in her car and drove away, but saw someone shooting from the passenger side of the black vehicle and a bullet struck her foot.
Later that day the same vehicle pulled in behind and then alongside another car with a driver and two passengers. As the vehicles drove down West Broadway near Penn Avenue North a number of shots were fired from the Crown Victoria, one of them striking the driver in the neck.
A third set of victims told police they were in their Chevy Suburban near Dupont and 25th Avenues North when the black Crown Victoria drove by, the gunman hung out the passenger side window and fired three shots into the driver's side door of the Suburban. No one was injured, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators eventually tracked down the black Crown Victoria and determined it was owned by Dexter Lee, who lived at 2954 Dupont Ave. N. An associate named Juwon "Skitz" Osbourne was murdered near that address in 2011 and Lee, Timberlake and other Osbourne friends blamed rival gang members and formed the Skitz squad to retaliate.
Prosecutors say the night of drive-by shootings appeared to be part of that retaliation, although some of the victims to be unrelated to the feud.
Timberlake pled guilty to the incidents in which the woman was shot in the foot and the driver was shot in the neck. Lee also has been charged for his role in the shootings and is awaiting trial.
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