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East Grand Forks man pleads guilty to murder, other charges involved in September shooting in Grand Forks

Ahmed Abdullahi pleaded guilty to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm in a change of plea hearing in Grand Forks County on Wednesday morning, June 1.

Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi
Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi
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GRAND FORKS — An East Grand Forks man has pleaded guilty to murder and other crimes associated with a September shooting in Grand Forks.

Ahmed Abdullahi pleaded guilty to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm in a change of plea hearing in Grand Forks County on Wednesday morning, June 1.

Authorities say that Grand Forks police officers responded to a 911 call reporting a suspicious person at a residence on the 1300 block of Eighth Avenue North just after 1:30 a.m. Sept. 12.

According to court documents, when officers arrived at the scene, they knocked on the door to the residence, and Megan Lea Gustafson opened the door. After speaking with her, officers walked away. Shortly after, they could hear an argument coming from inside the residence.

Police saw the front door to the apartment open, documents state, and Gustafson could be seen standing with her back to the street, and Abdullahi was standing inside the apartment facing her.

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Officers then reported hearing a single gunshot, and then hearing Gustafson scream, documents state. Gustafson ran into the lawn and collapsed. She later died of a gunshot wound to her neck and chin area.

After Gustafson collapsed outside, Abdullahi exited the apartment on his own, according to police. Documents state he was holding a 9 mm Taurus handgun that had been reported stolen from a Grand Forks vehicle in September 2020.

During the court hearing on Wednesday, Abdullahi confirmed the events.

Sentencing is currently scheduled for Sept. 7. Murder, a Class AA felony, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The two other felony charges, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm, are Class C felonies and carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

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