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Teen admits terrifying carjacking outside northeast Minneapolis bar, 2 more in Golden Valley


A Minneapolis teenager has admitted to three armed carjackings in the Twin Cities, including one when he pulled the trigger on a gun aimed at someone who tried to break up the attack, but the gun went malfunctioned.

Shamir N. Black, 18, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Tuesday to one count of carjacking in connection with the violent car theft in early June outside the Tony Jaros bar in the north -east of Minneapolis.

As part of the plea deal, Black also admitted to being involved in two other armed robberies in the Golden Valley last spring. Black’s sentencing has yet to be set. In the meantime, he remains in federal custody without bond in Sherburne County Jail.

According to court documents:

On June 9, Black and an unidentified accomplice approached a 51-year-old bar employee in NE’s 2500 block. Marshall Street and asked him for his car keys. Black pushed the woman to the ground and hit her in the head with a gun.

A passerby intervened, but he was also assaulted by Black. During the struggle, Black fired the gun in the direction of the viewer, but it did not discharge.

“He saw [Black] pull the trigger on the gun, heard the shot and saw the muzzle flash,” the charging document read. ” However, [the man] was not hit by a bullet.”

Black and the accomplice got into the woman’s vehicle and drove it into a brick wall. Other bystanders pulled Black from the driver’s seat and knocked him to the ground. Black and his accomplice fled on foot.

Police located at the scene wrapped in a sweatshirt a semi-automatic pistol that had a cartridge “located in the chamber”, the charging document reads.

Law enforcement suspects a car was stolen in a home burglary in Prior Lake the same night the firearm was stolen in a separate home burglary in the same town. Law enforcement recovered the car from Black’s home and he was arrested there on June 24.

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