Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Wednesday, Aug. 14, that formal charges have been filed against four adults in connection to an incident on June 25, in which a motorcyclist was struck in the chest by a stray bullet on Carver County Road 40.
All four adults, identified as Blake Azurin Martin, 27 of Carver; William Azurin Martin, 57, of Victoria; Ian Alexander Stinson, 21, of Oak Ridge Tennessee and Jasmine Symone Morrow, 23, of Oak Ridge Tennessee, have been charged with a felony count of intentionally discharging a firearm under circumstances that endangered the safety of the public.
The incident reportedly left a 41-year-old Minneapolis man with “significant injury” to his auxiliary artery and a fractured right scapula, according to the release.
“We don’t have to prove that they meant to hit anyone. We just have to prove that they discharged, which they already admitted to,” Metz told the Herald.
The release states that the group of shooters had been firing pistols at a silhouette target placed near a pile of logs at 16885 Homestead Road, near County Road 40. The residence is located near the top of a hill, so the bullets that missed the target traveled downhill toward the roadway, the criminal complaints state.
A neighbor who lives below where the group was shooting told investigators he heard rounds going over his head and through the trees that lined the hillside and yelled up to the group to stop shooting, according to the criminal complaints.
The target, which was roughly 1200-1900 feet from where the motorcyclist was hit, was placed near a pile of logs but without an adequate backstop.
The group reportedly fired three pistols, A CZ Model 75 P-01, a Glock 19 and a Heckler and Koch Model USP. Investigation found that Stinson was the first to fire, using the CZ. Blake Martin was the second person to shoot, using the Glock. William Martin shot third, using the Heckler and Koch, and Morrow was last, using the CZ. The group reportedly fired around 50 rounds.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension determined that a bullet pulled from the motorcyclist was not fired by the Heckler and Koch, nor the CZ, but the damaged condition of the bullet prevented investigators from positively identifying it as coming from the Glock, but the BCA found “agreement of individual characteristics” between the Glock 19 and the round pulled from the motorcyclist.
Metz’s release states that the motorcyclist believed he was going to die from his injuries. The man was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and treated for his injuries.
The group, per the criminal complaints, reportedly believed they were firing away from the road, citing a Google Maps search before a third party pulled into the residence’s driveway and told them to stop shooting. Another person with the group of shooters reportedly called 911.