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Both surviving Rochester shooting victims arrested for armed robbery

Both surviving Rochester shooting victims arrested for armed robbery

The two surviving victims of Monday's shooting in southeast Rochester have been taken into custody on charges of 1st-degree robbery.

Demonterious Jackson, 20, and Jerome Zachary, 18, are accused of robbing the alleged gunman just a few hours prior to the shooting. 

Investigators believe the shooting, which killed a third man, was "direct retaliation" for the robbery. The victim of the fatal shooting has been identified as 22-year-old Trumane Gillmore. Both Jackson and Zachary suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

The alleged shooter, Courtney Ocegueda, 19 of Rochester, was charged Thursday in Olmsted County for the murder of Gillmore. His unconditional bail bond was set at $1 million.

According to Rochester police: 

Jackson, Zachary and Gillmore robbed Ocegueda at gunpoint earlier in the day. An alert neighbor noticed Ocegueda running away from the scene and called police. Ocegueda reported the robbery to police. About three hours later, he showed up to  Parkside Mobile Home Park and fired at least 15 rounds at the three men and their vehicle. 

Police conducted a search warrant at Ocegueda's residence and discovered clothing worn by the shooter, as well as a handgun. Investigators later obtained statements from witnesses, admissions and video surveillance confirming the individuals were involved in the robbery.

The three shooting victims were believed to be part of a crew involved in several other robberies. Investigators say the men would target individuals for things like drugs, knowing the victims would be reluctant to report the theft to police.

Ocegueda was no stranger to local law enforcement, either. He has previously served time for aggravated robbery. His arrest on Tuesday followed a 5-hour standoff in Faribault.

Capt. John Sherwin said the case illustrates that it's a small amount of people committing a large percentage of the crime in the city. While no one deserves to die, he said, all four individuals were involved in a "high-risk lifestyle."


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