Campaign aide, 17, for Ilhan Omar’s Republican challenger shot dead outside Minneapolis store as fellow GOP staffer hurt
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A 17-YEAR-OLD campaign aide for Ilhan Omar’s Republican challenger was shot dead outside of a Minneapolis store and his fellow GOP staffer was left hurt.
Andre Conley, worked for Republican Lacy Johnson, was shot and killed in an attack outside a gas station on Monday.
Conley’s colleague was wounded and rushed to hospital, but is expected to survive.
Police say the two were approached on foot by the assailant, who fled and remains at large, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.
CBS Local reported that there were one or more shooters and that they fled the scene on foot.
“It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is needed now more than ever in our community,” Johnson said.
“The shooting did not occur during a campaign or outreach and we do not believe it has any connection to their work for the campaign.”
A fundraising page raising funds for Conley’s funeral dubbed him as an “amazing 17-year-old” and praised him for his “ambition.”
“He was a volunteer campaign leader for Mr.Johnson. He was loved by his peers, teachers and principal.
And loved more than anyone by his mother and father and every single one of his family members,” the description read.
Police spokesman John Elder said Wednesday there was nothing to suggest the attack was motivated by politics.
A man wanted in connection with the shooting is now in custody following a Thursday morning police pursuit, Kare11 reported.