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Authorities say Hudson liquor store shootings were gang-related

HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities now say the shootings of three people at a Hudson liquor store involved members of rival gangs from nearby Minneapolis.  

St. Croix County prosecutors filed a total of 30 felony charges Tuesday against 22-year-old Guled Abdi and 26-year-old Ahmed Hirsi. Both remain in jail in Bloomington Minnesota, awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.  

When they return, they'll each face six charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, six counts of reckless endangerment, and three counts of reckless injury.  

The shootings occurred Sunday morning outside Spirit Seller Liquor in downtown Hudson. Investigators said six members of the Somali Outlaws gang were partying Saturday night, and they drove their SUV to Hudson to buy booze the next morning because liquor stores in Minnesota are closed on Sundays.  

Two people went in the store to buy the liquor, but their credit card was rejected. Outside, two men in a car approached and offered the group alcohol and cigarettes.

A derogatory remark was apparently said during the exchange, and shots were fired at all six in the SUV. Three were wounded.  

The only one still hospitalized is 28-year-old Fartun Aidid of Hopkins Minnesota. She was still in critical condition at last word at a St. Paul hospital.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)