A Rochester man who allegedly entered another man’s apartment and shot him multiple times is facing a second assault charge related to another incident that same day.
Abdusalam Omar Hussein, 38, made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court on Tuesday morning, when Judge Joseph Chase set unconditional bail at $500,000. No conditional bail was set. Hussein was arrested Nov. 3 by Rochester police following a brief pursuit and a rollover crash.
The Olmsted County Attorney's Office filed an amended complaint with the court on Nov. 5, adding a second count of second-degree assault. Hussein was originally charged with a single count of second-degree assault.
Police were called around 6:30 a.m. Nov. 3 to an apartment complex in the 1300 block of 4th Avenue Southeast for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old man who had been shot four times in the legs and once in the hand, according to court records. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys with non-life-threatening injuries.
The man told police he was sleeping in bed when someone, later identified as Hussein, walked into his unlocked residence, came into his bedroom and started kicking him and then started shooting him, according to court records.
A short time later, Hussein allegedly threatened a convenience store employee. The employee had arrived early for work and stayed in his car in the 37th Street Northwest store's parking lot when a red mini van pulled up to his car, blocking his ability to get out.
The man rolled down his window thinking that the driver in the minivan, later identified as Hussein, needed something. After asking the man for a dollar, Hussein allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man. When the man started to roll up his window, Hussein said "you are a dead person," the amended complaint reads.
"The suspect stated that he had just shot someone “on the south side” and did not want to go to jail," the complaint states. The second assault charge is a result of this incident.
Around 7:20 a.m. that same day, Hussein allegedly called 911 and said that he was a child soldier suffering from a mental issue and that someone made him do it. He also told police he had a gun with him but it was unloaded, according to the complaint.
Officers were able to track Hussein’s phone and located him in the area of U.S. Highway 52 north of 55th Street Northwest. Hussein reportedly told dispatchers that he was not stopping and would shoot police.
Police were able to arrest Hussein after he rolled his vehicle in a ditch. A semi-automatic Beretta handgun was taken from Hussein.
During an interview with Rochester police sergeant, Hussein allegedly admitted to shooting the man and said he “put him in a wheelchair,” according to the amended complaint. Hussein also stated that red minivan he used to drive away was stolen.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 6.