Man Sentenced for St. Cloud Shooting
ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud man with a lengthy criminal history has been sentenced for an April shooting that wounded three people in west St. Cloud.
Twenty-five-year-old Ali Omar also known as "Trigger Ali" had pleaded guilty in October to two counts of felony 2nd-degree assault with a gun and felony drug possession from a separate incident.
A Stearns County judge Thursday sentenced Omar to three years in prison.
The incident came to light when police were called to the 3000 block of St. Germain Street West on a report of multiple gunshots on April 26th. Witnesses told officers that Omar had gotten into an argument with a former friend, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the man's legs.
Court records show another man and a teenager came out of an apartment unit to investigate and were struck by stray bullets.
The two adult victims were ultimately stopped by police in downtown St. Cloud as they were headed to the hospital for treatment.
In the drug case, police broke up a large fight at a restaurant the month prior. Omar ran from the scene and police gave chase, tased and arrested him. During a search police say they found more than five grams of cocaine on Omar and booked him into the jail on felony drug possession.
Omar will serve his 17-month sentence on that crime at the same time as his 3-year assault sentence.