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Millcreek convenience store killing involved rival gangs, charges say

Police respond to a shooting death Nov. 11 at 4501 S. State in Millcreek. Criminal charges were filed Monday against three people in connection with the killing that investigators say involved two rival gangs.

Police respond to a shooting death Nov. 11 at 4501 S. State in Millcreek. Criminal charges were filed Monday against three people in connection with the killing that investigators say involved two rival gangs. (John Wilson, KSL-TV)

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MILLCREEK — Prosecutors say rival gang members — including members of a gang that has been involved in several shootings and homicides in Salt Lake County — were involved in a fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Millcreek convenience store earlier this month.

Husain Musse, 18, and Salman Farhan Ahmed, 19, of Salt Lake City, were each charged Monday in 3rd District Court with murder and three counts of discharge of a firearm, first-degree felonies; and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. Joshua Harun Nena, 23, of Midvale, was charged with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

On Nov. 11, Talib "Kunda" Ahmed, 18, was killed when he was shot four times in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven, 4051 S. State, about 12:30 a.m.

Police say a Lexus entered the parking lot and parked at a gas pump, followed by a Chrysler 300 that "drove slowly around the Lexus, and parked at another gas pump."

Musse and Salman Ahmed exited the Chrysler and began walking toward the store, according to charging documents.

"Before entering the store, they turned and walked back toward the Lexus. Salman placed his hand inside his vest, and Musse placed his hand inside the shoulder bag he was wearing. Talib Ahmed exited the passenger side of the Lexus and Salman and Musse turned around, walked to the 7-Eleven, and went inside," according to the charges.

Talib Ahmed then walked into the store. A short time later, all three men walked out. Salman Ahmed walked out first, followed by Talib Ahmed and then Musse.

"All three walked toward the north side of the building, when the shooting began," the charges state.

Three others who were in the Lexus then exited the vehicle and ran toward the fight. A fourth man also came out of the 7-Eleven, according to investigators. The occupants of the Lexus carried Talib Ahmed back to their car and drove him to the emergency room of Intermountain Medical Center, where they dropped him off and then fled before police could stop them, the charges state.

Someone also drove off in the Chrysler while Salman Ahmed and Musse ran toward an auto body shop next door, according to police. When officers arrived at the 7-Eleven, they said the two men walked out from around a fence with their hands in the air.

"Salman indicated he had been shot, and lifted his shirt to reveal a gunshot wound to his right side. Musse would not tell officers what had happened and kept grabbing at a bag he was wearing around his neck," according to the charges.

Police quickly took the bag Musse was wearing and reported finding a gun inside. A few hours later, after the owner of the body shop arrived at work, he reported finding "blood on and around a car in his lot and saw two guns under the car," the charges state. Salman Ahmed was treated at a local hospital for his gunshot injury.

Two days after the shooting, Nena, the owner of the Lexus, called police claiming his car had been stolen prior to the confrontation, charging documents state. Police say Nena and Talib Ahmed are cousins.

Detectives questioned Nena about why he waited two days to report his vehicle as stolen and then noted that Talib Ahmed was in the vehicle on the night of the shooting. They also told Nena they would be reviewing surveillance video from Nena's work to verify his story. Nena then "changed his story again," according to police, and he was eventually arrested.

All three of the men facing charges are associated with gangs that "have been involved in multiple recent shootings, including homicides," court records state. Police say Musse and Salman Ahmed are rival gang members of Nena.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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