Man guilty of attempted murder in shooting of Somali men in Mpls …

Anthony Sawina
Anthony Sawina Hennepin County Jail

Updated: 5:27 p.m. | Posted: 2:37 p.m.

A jury on Thursday found Anthony Sawina guilty of shooting and wounding two Somali-American men in Minneapolis who were on their way to prayers after playing basketball.

The Lauderdale man was found guilty on all nine felony counts he faced, including attempted premeditated murder.

Jurors heard testimony during the trial from eyewitnesses — including the two men Sawina shot — and from Sawina himself, who said he shot in self-defense.

• Earlier: Defendant’s friend says shooting of Somali men wasn’t justified

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said jurors made the right decision, adding that the incident could’ve been much worse.

“This was shooting directly at people who were sitting in a car, defenseless,” Freeman said. “We’re just glad that the driver himself wasn’t hit. Although we understand the bullet went

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