On Thursday, the Richfield Police Department announced a big break in the cold case murder of 27-year-old Gilbert Toomer, who was fatally shot in a parking lot near the Menard's on 77th and Nicollet in 1998.
After 14 years, prosecutors have charged Michael Scott with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the killing.
Toomer was one of two men who were ambushed and shot in the parking lot while leaving what was then a Chi-Chi's restaurant. The other victim was taken to an area hospital, but Toomer died of multiple gunshot wounds.
At the time of the shooting, investigators said they believed Toomer was targeted, but no motive was ever previously disclosed. Now, investigators say Scott gunned down Toomer because one of the friends Toomer was with had shot him months before as part of a gang war.
Scott has been in federal prison on drug charges in recent years, and he will make his first court appearance on Friday.
Toomer, who lived in the Twin Cities area for several years, was originally from New Jersey.