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    Police believe they have the alleged gunman in Monday afternoon's fatal shooting in Southeast Rochester behind bars, after an early Tuesday morning standoff in Faribault. It all began Monday morning on the 300 Block of 31st Street NE in Rochester, where a man said he was robbed at gunpoint. Courtney Eli Ocegueda, 19, came running through a woman's backyard saying that he had been robbed.  Two hours later officers responded to a report of shots fired...More >>
    Police believe they have the alleged gunman in Monday afternoon's fatal shooting in Southeast Rochester behind bars, after an early Tuesday morning standoff in Faribault. It all began Monday morning on the 300 Block of 31st Street NE in Rochester, where a man said he was robbed at gunpoint. Courtney Eli Ocegueda, 19, came running through a woman's backyard saying that he had been robbed.  Two hours later officers responded to a report of shots fired...More >>
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

The violence that has rocked Rochester this week--a wild shooting in broad daylight by a man with a bandana firing 15 rounds into a crowd of young people playing basketball--has its roots in that same Southeast neighborhood.  Monday's gunfire left one man dead and two others wounded.

In fact, the suspect in Monday's murder near Marion Road SE and Park Lane SE has a violent reputation in the community.  Courtney Ocegueda, 19, had a prior criminal record before the shooting, including a robbery involving a gun just a few blocks away.  Monday's shooting has the community rattled and looking for answers.

Prosecutors are poring over reports on what happened to get to the center of the incident, and the man arrested Tuesday morning in Faribault after a standoff with police.  Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem is digging into the details.

"There's a lot of moving parts, and that's where we've got to be so careful," said Ostrem.

At the heart of the investigation is Ocegueda, a Rochester resident with a history of violence.

"When we have defendants that have a prior history, a prior violent type history, certainly we take those factors into consideration," said Ostrem.

Ocegueda was previously charged and sentenced for a 2013 aggravated robbery during which two young men were robbed at gunpoint of an iPod, cellphone, car keys and neck chain. According to the criminal complaint in that 2013 case, the two victims said Ocegueda and another man "pulled out guns and held the guns to the backs of their heads" while robbing them.  For the crime, which happened half a mile away from Monday's murder, he served a year in Olmsted County Jail. 

"At that point he was placed on probation for a period of up to twenty years," said Ostrem.

Ocegueda was on probation for that robbery when he allegedly shot and killed 22-year-old Trumane Gilmore on Monday.  Ostrem said dealing with a history like Ocegueda's could impact how attorneys approach the case.

"Somebody with a violent criminal history certainly impacts the arguments we make and strengthens the arguments we make," Ostrem said.

Despite Ocegueda's prior history, the county attorney made it a point to look at the details without jumping to conclusions.

"We need to start fresh and read the reports from page one to the end and make our determination based on that," said Ostrem.

Ocegueda is back in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center awaiting charges in Monday's shooting.  His first court appearance is expected to be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
 

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