MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 27-year-old Northfield man faces several felonies, including attempted murder, in connection to an armed robbery earlier this week that left a man with a gunshot wound lying in the middle of the road.
Shane Hejl is charged with five felonies, according to court documents filed Thursday. They are attempted murder, three counts of assault, and aggravated robbery. He’s also charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor.
The charges stem from a robbery early Tuesday morning. Northfield police found a man lying in the area of Highway 3 and 3rd Street West just after midnight. He told officers that a man approached him and demanded everything he had before shooting him in the stomach.
The victim is in stable but serious condition at Hennepin County Medical Center, Northfield police said.
Witnesses said they saw a light-colored van speeding away shortly after the shooting. Hours later, Northfield police asked the public if they knew what happened. That request prompted one person to contact police, saying that she knew Hejl and his girlfriend were in possession of a light-colored van on the night of the crime.
The informant also said that Hejl’s girlfriend told her that Hejl shot someone.
On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at Hejl’s girlfriend’s apartment, the complaint states. That’s where they found Hejl and arrested him. The apartment manager told officers Hejl had previously been banned from the building.
In a statement to police, Hejl’s girlfriend told officers that Hejl claimed he shot someone on accident early Tuesday morning and had called her to pick him up. She also said that Hejl was throwing bullets out the van’s window.
Hejl’s bail was set at $750,000.
Northfield police, however, say the investigation is still open and active. In a press release, they encouraged people to call 507-663-9485 if they have any information on the shooting.