The Rochester man charged with shooting another man multiple times in his own apartment pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the assault charge.
Abdusalam Omar Hussein, 39, pleaded not guilty in Olmsted County District Court to a single count of second-degree assault. A jury trial date was scheduled for May.
Hussein has been held on $500,000 unconditional bail since two days after his Nov. 3 arrest. Earlier this month, he was found competent to stand trial.
Police were called around 6:30 a.m. on 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 shooting him, according to court records.
Around 7:20 a.m. that same day, Police say Hussein 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. Police were able to arrest Hussein after he rolled his vehicle in a ditch. A semi-automatic Beretta handgun was taken from Hussein.
“Hussein told Sgt. Thompson that Victim had disrespected him at a party, so he went into his house and confronted him,” the complaint reads.