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UPDATE: Three arrested in connection to weekend shooting near Concordia

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Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 2:46 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Moorhead Police say three men are in jail in connection to a shooting near Concordia College’s campus last weekend.

20-year-old Abednego Thomas Jr., of West Fargo, is charged with second degree assault and threats of violence, both felony charges.

19-year-old Sam Payne Jr., of Moorhead, and 19-year-old Yorell Taylor, of Fargo, were also arrested for this incident for weapons-related offenses and possessing stolen firearms.

Officers were called just after midnight on Sept. 19, to the 1200 block of 5th St for a loud party that evolved into a shooting involving party-goers.

The victim, 19-year-old Reece Mentore, of Fargo, suffered a single gunshot to his lower leg. Documents say at the party, the victim saw a fight occurring and intervened. At some point, the two individuals involved produced handguns and pointed them at the victim. Documents say people began fleeing in the house, including the victim.

The victim told officers when he got to the front of the house, he was confronted with the two individuals again, and said one of the individuals fired his handgun near the ground, narrowly missing the victim. The second individual, 20-year-old Abednego Thomas Jr., then fired his gun and struck the victim in the leg. Both individuals then fled.

Documents say witnesses told officers they also encountered Thomas Jr. at the party. They told officers Thomas Jr. had confronted them at the party and told them that they would not leave the party alive. Witnesses say Thomas Jr. then lifted up his shirt to reveal his handgun.

This is a developing story. Stick with Valley News Live for updates.

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