Man Accused Of Firing Shots At Bouncer In Waconia

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

WACONIA, Minn. (WCCO) — A New Germany man is accused of firing several shots at a bouncer in Waconia. Thirty-two-year-old Michael Gregory Peterson remains in custody Sunday and faces attempted homicide charges.

The shooting happened at Hoppers Bar and Grill during a busy Saturday night. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said there were approximately 100 people inside the bar, all of whom were told to get away from the door and duck, around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“It started inside where the subject involved had thrown a drink on someone,” said Sheriff Olson.

Peterson was then kicked out of the bar. Olson said Peterson retaliated by shooting several rounds from a Ruger 380 handgun at the bouncer.

“It’s a miracle that no one got hurt from this,” said Olson.

Peterson eventually left, but then came back only to find some Hoppers customers waiting for him.

“There was some folks that tackled him. Some of the bar patrons had him on the ground when we arrived,” said Olson.

The shooting has nearby bar owners thinking twice about their own late-night security.

“Not that you want to be that way, but a woman closing and a guy closing is two different things. I’ll never have a girl here alone ever again,” said Trent Klein, owner of Waconia Lanes.

Peterson fired five to six rounds from the gun, but no one was hurt.

Authorities did not know, as of Sunday, if Peterson had a permit for his weapon.

WCCO-TV’s Rachel Slavik Reports

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