2 Men Arrested In Coon Rapids Shopping Center Shooting

COON RAPIDS (WCCO) — Two men have been arrested after bullets were fired at an Original Mattress Factory store in Coon Rapids, according to police.

At around 3 a.m. Monday morning, an employee of Panera Bread who was preparing for the store’s opening heard the sound of the bullets piercing the store’s walls.

When police arrived, they discovered the driveway littered with the spent shell casings from an SKS semi-automatic rifle, which shoots a high-powered 7.62mm round.

The gunshots tore through the walls of the mattress store and penetrated the walls of two adjacent stores: Panera Bread, where one of its employees heard the shots and called police, and the adjacent Hawaii Nails salon.

“We lucked out that nobody was hit by the numerous rounds fired by a very high velocity assault weapon,” said Coon Rapids Police Captain Cary Parks.

The salon is still open for business, despite the mess of bullet holes clearly seen on its walls.

According to police, a frightened 26-year-old employee of the mattress store was spending the night in the store to get away from her husband, identified as 26-year-old Christopher Michael McConnell.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman told investigators that McConnell was threatening her and told her that he would “f— up her business!”

Police were able to quickly track down McConnell because he called his wife and arranged to meet her at a New Brighton McDonald’s restaurant following the shooting. When two suspects arrived at the restaurant, they were immediately taken into police custody.

McConnell is now in custody at the Anoka County Jail.

Arrested along with McConnell, was his alleged accomplice. Police say 20-year-old James Leanthony Butler drove McConnell to Coon Rapids where the shooting occurred and then drove him to a Blaine mobile home park where McConnell attempted to hide the gun.

Both men have been charged with felony counts of drive-by shooting.

“We were lucky that we were able to find them quickly, we were able to recover the weapon and, again, we were very fortunate that nobody was injured in this incident,” said Parks.

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  • Pete

    an SKS is not an assault rifle.

  • Chuck S.

    I was going to make the same comment, Pete. You would think they would at least ask someone who knows a little bit about old communist rifles!

    • BIG GUN

      that right its a hunting gun the same kind chai vang use to kill all those hunter in 04

      • Jake

        Ah, he probably modified it, and had to shoot his victims MULTIPLE TIMES, but those probable facts wouldn’t matter to you, I would guess.

  • Jake

    In addition, while the 7.62 russian round is more powerful than most handgun cartridges, in terms of rifle rounds, it is one of the least powerful and cheapest to buy. I’d rather get hit by one of those than, say, a .44 magnum. Check out the ballistics of that round vs. other (really high powered rifle) rounds, like a .308, 30.06,
    7mm magnum, .270, or .300 magnum. I think even a 30-30 has more knockdown power than a 7.62 russian round.

  • Ralph Shoop

    The SKS is not an assault rifle and the 7.62x39mm round it fires is not a high power nor high velocity cartridge. It is sad when a simple scan of the article on wikipedia brings these things to light.

  • me

    Why would a liberal media outlet actually bother fact checking a gun story?
    According to the CC and O all guns are bad.

  • They must be brilliant cuz they got no beauty.

    Wow, those two look like a couple of Einsteins, don’t they? Probably not enough power between their ears to pop their hats off.

  • dphilips

    You gun nut hillbillies!

    • gonetothedogs

      you mean us venison and fish harvesters with fresh veggies in our garden hillbillies,eh? you may be happy we’re around when the SHTF,eh?

  • Jim S.

    Oh boy, are they in trouble. They’re going to go to jail for at least 3, maybe 4, days.

  • The Architect

    Leanthony? Come on. That’s not a real name. What’s up with you people?

    • BJ

      I know who James Leanthony is and it is his real name

  • just sayin

    Dude looks like his face was run over by a tire… no wonder she was trying to get away! HE is FUGLY!

    • DU

      I have met the wife… she’s not much better looking

  • curly_racks

    Straight out the trailer…lol… I used to live in a trailer park too though. Its like a ghetto for white people

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