MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Brooklyn Park man is accused of firing multiple shots at a pair of vehicles parked in a 24-hour restaurant’s parking lot.
Christopher Robert Jones, 19, was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of discharging a firearm to endanger the safety of another, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.READ MORE: Former Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty Announces Campaign For Hennepin County Attorney
The criminal complaint says Columbia Heights police were called to Flameburger Restaurant on the 4800 block of Central Avenue Northeast just before 3 a.m. on April 30.
Witnesses say several shots were fired at cars in the parking lot, causing a large group of patrons to flee. Officers found many shell casings and broken glass in the lot.
Flameburger’s surveillance video showed an SUV and a Chevrolet Impala pull into the parking lot at about 2:52 a.m. and park next to each other. Soon after, two men walk up to the vehicles, raise their right hands and began shooting.READ MORE: Report: As Daughter Sought South Dakota License, Gov. Noem Summoned Agency Head
The video then shows the drivers speeding out of the parking lot, while the two gunmen continue shooting at the SUV’s driver’s side. The two men then get in separate vehicles and leave the lot.
Investigators identified Jones as one of the gunman by comparing images in the video with his Facebook page and his driver’s license photo.
The date of Jones’ first court appearance has not been released. He could face up to 19 years in prison if convicted on all charges.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Announces New Public Safety Proposal Ahead Of Vote On MPD's Future
Jones also faces an additional penalty for discharging a weapon near a school. Flameburger is located next to both Columbia Academy and Valley View School.