Alfredo Rosario Solis and Fernando Valdez-Alvarez charged with three counts of second-degree murder

Minnesota suspects charged in school shooting that killed 1 student, injured 2 others

Two Minnesota teens were charged with multiple counts of second-degree murder in relation to a school shooting on Tuesday.

Alfredo Rosario Solis, 19, and Fernando Valdez-Alvarez, 18, were charged with three counts of second-degree murder for their alleged involvement in the shooting at South Education Center in Richfield.

The shooting took place at about 12:07 p.m. outside the South Education Center, Henthorne said. The school is located about 20 minutes from Minneapolis.

When officers responded to the scene, two students who were shot were found on the sidewalk, but both suspects left the scene.

Two students went to the hospital after the shooting, and one died from injuries sustained in the shooting and one was in critical condition as of Tuesday.

The student who was killed was identified as 15-year-old Jahmari Rice, a football player who was in his first week at South Education Center after transferring in for “extra support.”

Police say that a third victim from the shooting did not receive any substantial injury.

South Education Center and other schools in the surrounding area were placed on lockdown until police officers deemed there was not an ongoing threat.

One witness told police that she saw five boys walking alongside the school right before the incident, noting that she had seen five young men near a gold Chevy SUV near the school and then heard three shots followed by the vehicle leaving, according to charging documents.

Staff members saw four teens run up to two other teens and thought they were going to fight, but one of the suspects pulled a gun out of his pocket and started shooting while another got into a vehicle and continued to shoot at the victims.

Additionally, the staff member told police that she saw four more shots fired from the vehicle aimed at the victims as they were running away, stating that one victim turned to run when he was shot and then dropped to the ground.

One witness told police that the defendants had a “black handgun, similar to a Glock, with an extended magazine.”

Police say that Solis was seen exiting a tan SUV at his apartment complex just minutes after the shooting.

Police found a 9mm Glock 45 handgun in a bedroom with an empty magazine, Nintendo Switch cases with two magazines for a 9mm handgun in another bedroom, and black straps for a Glock handgun, as well as ammunition.

During a search warrant of Valdez-Alvarez’s residence, police found a vehicle matching the description that witnesses provided, noting that it is registered to Valdez-Alvarez’s step-father.

Five 9mm cartridge casings were found in the area where the defendant’s SUV was parked, according to police records. The casings will undergo ballistics testing.