2 Arrested After Fatal Shooting Outside School

Slain Minnesota student identified as Jahmari Rice, 15
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2022 3:13 PM CST
Updated Feb 2, 2022 2:14 PM CST

Update: Police say two suspects have been arrested in a shooting that killed one student and critically injured another outside an alternative school in suburban Minneapolis Tuesday. Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne says suspects Fernando Valdez-Alvarez, 18, and Alfredo Rosario Solis, 19, were arrested after search warrants were executed at two homes and a handgun was seized, USA Today reports. The chief says the victims and the suspects knew each other, and shots were fired after an "altercation." The slain student has been identified as 15-year-old Jahmari Rice, who had just transferred to South Education Center. Our story from Tuesday follows:

A shooting outside a school in a Minneapolis suburb Tuesday left one student dead and another critically injured, police say. Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne says the suspects left the scene and no arrests have been made, WCCO reports. Police say every officer available responded to a report of a shooting near South Education Center around noon, along with ATF and FBI agents. The names and ages of the victims have not been released.

The chief says the two students were shot on a sidewalk and the suspects fled in a vehicle immediately afterward, KARE 11 reports. One student was pronounced dead on arrival at Hennepin County Medical Center and the other was rushed into surgery. In a Facebook post, Richfield Middle School said medical personnel and police officers with guns drawn accidentally arrived at the school, which is around a block away from South Education Center, reports the Star Tribune. "It is unlikely that many students witnessed the event, as they were in class at the time," Principal Erica Barlow said in a note to parents. (More Minnesota stories.)

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