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UPDATE: KFC shooting may be connected to previous street fight in Rochester

UPDATE 11/12/19: The Rochester Police Department has issued a correction and now says it believes George Oliver was the gunman and Luke Giwa was the driver of the getaway car. See the full update here.

UPDATE 10:46 a.m.: A criminal complaint has revealed more information about the arrests of two suspects in connection with a shooting at a Rochester KFC.

According to a complaint filed against George Oliver, an alleged accomplice of the gunman, the KFC shooting may be connected to a previous fight at China Hall in Rochester.

A 16-year-old victim in the KFC shooting, who was grazed by a bullet, reportedly admitted to police that he beat up a man named Luke on Sept. 28. The complaint alleges that Oliver was working security at the business and told officers he was jumped by two unknown males.

According to police, Luke Giwa shot multiple rounds at two 16-year-olds during the Oct. 23 incident outside the KFC.

The complaint alleges a suspect ran from the scene and entered a bright blue sedan. An off-duty officer followed the suspect’s sedan northbound, but lost sight of it after another vehicle blocked his view. Surveillance cameras at a private residence near the KFC captured the blue sedan speeding northbound from the scene.

When officers went to Giwa’s house on the 1800 Block of South Village Drive, they found the same vehicle in the driveway. The sergeant who had witnessed the shooting was able to identify that vehicle as from the scene.

The complaint said officers found an empty box of 9mm Blazer ammunition under Giwa’s bed. A gun magazine was found in the house, and a second magazine was found in a vehicle in the driveway.

Police said the victim’s vehicle had a broken passenger window and side mirror. It also had three bullet holes on the passenger side. Authorities also recovered three areas of broken glass in the parking lot.

During the investigation, police found Giwa hiding in the back room at the Candlewood Hotel, where he reportedly used to work. When Giwa was brought in for questioning, he allegedly told authorities that the night of the shooting, he was driving his father’s blue Ford.

The complaint said Giwa admitted that he went to a house about a half block away from the KFC to buy marijuana. He admitted that he went to the KFC at 5:30 p.m., around the time of the shooting, but he denied ever being in the parking lot.

Police said they released Giwa at the time because there was not enough evidence to formally arrest him.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A man police believe shot at two teens at a Rochester Kentucky Fried Chicken was arrested on Thursday.

Police said two 16-year-old victims were sitting in a vehicle at the KFC parking lot when someone appeared at their window and started shooting at them. One of the teens was shot in the leg, but his injuries were non-life threatening. The shooting happened on Oct. 23 around 5 p.m., along the 700 Block of 12th Street SE. 

According to the Rochester Police Department, 20-year-old Luke Giwa was arrested at his residence at 10:43 a.m. in the 1800 Block of South Village Drive SE. He will be arraigned on Friday.

Police said Giwa is facing two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police also arrested 28-year-old George Oliver on Tuesday. Police believe he was driving the vehicle that the shooter came to the KFC in, and later used to escape.


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