A Minnesota teen was shot dead after allegedly daring another driver to shoot him during an apparent road rage spat, according to witnesses and reports.
The slain teen’s passenger claims he watched his pal, Muhammed Rahim, 17, confront an armed man itching for a fight after their two vehicles crashed Sunday morning in Rochester.
"My friend got in his face, and then the guy we hit pulled a gun out,” Noah Dukart told KTTC-TV. “Then my friend said, ‘I dare you,’ and he shot him right in the heart.”
“I watched him bleed out,” Dukart said.
Another friend, Riley Bongiorno, was left breathless while trying to recall how she tried, unsuccessfully, to put pressure on Rahim’s fatal wound after he collapsed on the roadway, about 85 miles south of Minneapolis.
Rahim was rushed to a local hospital, where he died.
Rahim is believed to have crashed into the other vehicle after sliding into a ditch, veering out in reverse and then striking the second car, according to police.
The 25-year-old driver of the hit vehicle was identified in jail records as Alexander Weiss.
Weiss, of Rochester, claims he acted in self-defense and shot Rahim after the crash, police said. He had a permit to carry the handgun.
Weiss has been jailed at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center pending a murder charge in Rahim’s death.
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