August 14, 2019 03:03 PM
Charges have been filed against four adults after a motorcyclist traveling on a rural Carver County road was struck by a bullet in June.
The Carver County Attorney's Office said Wednesday that criminal charges were filed against the four adults for intentionally discharging handguns under circumstances that endangered the safety of the public. They were identified as 27-year-old Blake Azurin Martin, 56-year-old William Azurin Martin, 21-year-old Ian Alexander Stinson, and 22-year-old Jasmine Symone Morrow,.
On June 25, deputies with the Carver County Sheriff's Office were called to a report of a man with a gunshot wound at about 6:14 p.m. near County Road 40 and Homestead Road.
The sheriff's office said the first deputy to arrive on scene saw several motorcycles on the shoulder of the road with multiple people standing around a man who appeared to have a signficant, bleeding chest injury. The man said he thought he was going to die from being shot, the sheriff's office said. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.
The sheriff's office said its investigation revealed the four adults had been target shooting with pistols near County Road 40. However, the silhouette target placed near a pile of logs didn't have an adequate backstop. According to the sheriff's office, the location was near the top of a hill, and without a backstop, the trajectory of the bullets that didn't hit the logs flew toward County Road 40. The sheriff's office estimated the distance between the target and the location where the motorcyclist was shot to be between 1,200 and 1,900 feet.
The sheriff's office said the four adults stopped shooting when a third-party drove into the driveway of the home and yelled at them that a motorcyclist had been shot. A criminal complaint states that a person inside the home then called 911.
The motorcyclist suffered a significant injury to his axillary artery, which supplies blood to the right arm, and a fractured his right scapula, the complaint said. The bullet was removed and provided to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis. The complaint states the bullet was likely fired by a Glock 19, which was used only by Blake Martin, but testing wasn't fully sufficient for a determination.
The complaint also states that one neighbor whose home was located in the direction the group was shooting told police they could hear the rounds going over their heads and into trees, and yelled at the group to stop shooting. Another neighbor told police a detached garage on the property was damaged from bullets.
According to the complaint, one of the adults told deputies he thought they were shooting away from the road and "checked it on Google Maps."
The attorney's office said hunting and target shooting is legal, but every shooter is 100% responsible for assuring they have a sufficient backstop before shooting.
Updated: August 14, 2019 03:03 PM
Created: August 14, 2019 02:09 PM
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