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Suspect in custody in connection to Monday's fatal shooting in Rochester

Suspect in custody in connection to Monday's fatal shooting in Rochester

The man believed to be behind a fatal shooting in Rochester was arrested Tuesday morning in Faribault.

Authorities say Courtney Ocegueda, 19 of Rochester, fled Rochester after Monday afternoon's shooting at a trailer park home that left one dead and two others wounded.

Rochester police identified Ocegueda as a suspect in the case just hours after the shooting. Investigators were able to trace his movements to Faribault, where around 1:30 a.m. local law enforcement found him at a home in the 500 block of First Street NW.

Authorities set up a perimeter around the home and asked everyone to exit the building. They confirmed that Ocegueda was inside by talking to witnesses who evacuated the home.

Ocegueda and another man ignored repeated attempts to come out of the building. After several hours, the decision was made to "utilize a chemical irritant to force the remaining two adult males outside," according to Faribault police.

After a few rounds of tear gas, Ocegueda and the other adult male surrendered without incident. Ocegueda was arrested and transported to Rochester, where he is being interviewed by investigators from the Rochester Police Department.

Possible motive

A preliminary investigation shows that there may have been a dispute between Ocegueda and two of the victims prior to the shooting.

Just before noon Monday, Ocegueda reported to police that he had been robbed at gunpoint. The identities of the two suspects matched those of the victims in the shooting, which happened about three hours later.

Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said at a news briefing Tuesday that investigators are looking into the possibility that the murder was "direct retaliation" for the robbery.

Police obtained a search warrant for Ocegueda's residence and discovered clothing worn by the shooter, as well as a handgun. 

Sherwin declined to say which of the three victims may have been involved in the alleged robbery. However, he did confirm they were associated with a "crew" well known to law enforcement.

Three victims

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. Monday at the Parkside Mobile Home Park, located off of Marion Road in southeast Rochester.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Trumane Gillmore, 22 of Rochester, dead with a bullet wound to his head. Two other men — Demonterious Jackson, 20 of Rochester, and Jerome Zachary, 18 of Chicago — suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

The bullets, however, landed just inches away from major arteries. Sherwin called the incident "very close" to being a triple homicide.

In all, at least 15 shots were fired. There were numerous witnesses to the shooting and its aftermath, including several children.

Authorities say there is no ongoing threat to the public.


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