An African ‘refugee’ has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a young mother this week in Grand Forks, North Dakota, according to reports.
Megan Gustafson, 28, died from a gunshot wound sustained during an altercation with 26-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi, police say.
Abdullahi is a convicted felon who reportedly came to the United States from Somalia as an asylum seeker.
The incident unfolded at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning when police were alerted to a suspicious person at a residence near the scene of an attempted armed robbery that had taken place the previous day.
Officers say the resident, Gustafson, was uncooperative when they arrived, so they left.
“We were notified there was an individual who was in the area that may have been associated with a robbery,” explained Grand Forks Police Lieutenant Jeremy. “They were met by Ms. Gustafson, and Gustafson told them she did not want to talk with them.”
“Officers respected that, then ended that contact.”
However, shortly afterwards, officers still in the area heard people arguing inside Gustafson’s dwelling.
“Court documents say officers saw the door open; Gustafson was standing in the doorway with her back toward the street and Abdullahi was facing her. Officers heard a single gunshot, heard Gustafson scream, and then saw her run into the lawn and fall to the ground,” Valley News Live reports.
Abdullahi reportedly exited the abode carrying a handgun but was quickly subdued and arrested.
Gustafson was rushed to hospital with gunshot injuries to her chin and neck. Efforts to save her life were unsuccessful.
Abdullahi was recently convicted of terrorizing, a Class C felony, for threatening to shoot up a local bar in March.
The weapon found at the scene was reported stolen from a vehicle in Grand Forks last year, according to court documents reviewed by local media.
Abdullahi now faces charges for murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and theft of property.
Authorities believe Abdullahi and Gustafson knew each other prior to the incident.
Megan Lea Gustafson grew up in Grand Forks, according to her obituary.
She is survived by her daughter, along with many other family members.
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