Teen Is Dead After Daring Gunman to Shoot

Motorist who fired fatal shot at Muhammed Rahim in Minnesota claims self-defense
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2018 5:00 PM CST
Updated Jan 17, 2018 1:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – A 17-year-old is dead in Minnesota after he dared a man who was pointing a gun at him to shoot. Police in Rochester say the fatal shooting occurred Sunday after a car accident involving the teen, Muhammed Rahim, and the shooter, 25-year-old Alexander Weiss, reports the Duluth News Tribune. Rahim's friend provides this jarring quote to KTTC: "My friend got out and confronted him, and the guy who we hit wanted to fight and my friend got in his face," says Noah Dukart, who was in Rahim's vehicle. "Then the guy we hit pulled a gun out and my friend said, 'I dare you,' and he shot him right in the heart, and I watched him bleed out."

Weiss, who has a permit to carry his weapon, is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, though he tells police he acted in self-defense, reports the Star Tribune. Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin, however, is skeptical and points out that no punches were thrown during the confrontation. “I believe he should be charged," says Sherwin, "but we don’t do the charging. It’s up to the prosecution.” Police were reaching out to witnesses who were driving by at the time. (Read more fatal shooting stories.)

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