Friday, January 28, 2011

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with firing a shot from a car sunroof into a group of people in south Minneapolis, leaving a 12-year-old girl paralyzed

Marlon Alejandro Lozano-Montano of Minneapolis was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, including one for the benefit of a gang, and two counts of drive-by shooting, one for the benefit of a gang. Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez, now 13, was shot in the neck, which severed her spinal cord. She remains hospitalized. It was the first of two violent crimes that Lozano-Montano is accused of committing that week. Three days after the shooting, according to a petition filed in Hennepin County Juvenile Court, Lozano-Montano and an accomplice beat a teenage boy with a crowbar. The victim in that case told police that Lozano-Montano asked him what gang he was in, and when the boy said he wasn't in a gang, Lozano-Montano beat him. During a police lineup, the victim picked Lozano-Montano, who was jailed in December 2010 and charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault.

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