March 6, 2020
I’m sure there’s some irony to be found in the fact that this happened in a town called “Savage.”
Police arrested three suspects in Prior Lake on Tuesday in connection with second-degree murder after a teen who was shot in the Target parking lot in Savage on Friday died.
Prior Lake residents Taran Cortez Miller, 44, Tanya Marie Esthell Miller, 43, and an unidentified 16-year-old juvenile were being held in the Scott County Jail Tuesday evening, according to the Savage Police Department late Tuesday.
The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Samuel Alvin Keezer, 16, of Burnsville. He died shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to the autopsy report.
A second-degree murder charge is pending against Taran Miller and the juvenile suspect, and a charge for aiding an offender in a second-degree murder is pending against Tanya Miller. The investigation continues, police said.
Officers were called to Target around 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, after witnesses found someone lying in the northwest corner of the parking lot.
Multiple witnesses reported hearing what sounded like a firecracker before seeing the victim on the ground, Savage Police Chief Rodney Suerer said later that day. Surveillance footage indicated the suspects fled the scene in vehicles.
Officers found the male bleeding heavily with critical head injuries. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died.