Father shot on Minnesota sidewalk had fled from Iraq

Published 8:12 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

ROCHESTER  — A man who was fatally shot on a sidewalk in Rochester, Minnesota, fled Iraq several years ago to escape violence.

Ahmed Muafaq Abdulhu Al Naddf, 40, immigrated to the U.S. in 2014 with his wife and their two children. Al Naddf died after being shot in the chest Monday night.

Police have arrested 25-year-old Eric Tyler Lee, 24-year-old Sao Yim Jr., 23-year-old Traequan Bamlounghong and 24-year-old Deante Stanifer in connection with the shooting, The Post Bulletin reported .

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Surveillance video from a nearby apartment building led police to the suspects and the handgun apparently used to kill Naddf, authorities said. Video also showed two of the suspects went through Al Naddf’s pockets after he was shot in the chest, police said.

There doesn’t appear to be a connection between the victim and the suspects, said Police Capt. John Sherwin.