Charges filed in shooting that paralyzed victim

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 4, 2011 - 11:41 PM

Shannon M. White, 22, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.

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Charges were filed on Wednesday against a Columbia Heights man in connection with a shooting early Saturday in Minneapolis that left one victim paralyzed from the neck down, authorities said.

Shannon M. White, 22, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.

The shooting happened at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Old Colony gas station at 1624 Washington Av. N., about a mile north of downtown. In July 2010, a man was killed and two others injured in a shooting there.

According to the complaint, a fight broke out among a group of people at the gas station and White fired at least six shots at the victim's back. One bullet hit him in the neck; another shattered a car window.

Parts of the incident were recorded by a surveillance camera. Police identified White from that video and picked him up as he walked west on Plymouth Avenue N. near Lyndale Avenue N., the complaint said.

White has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for burglary and drug possession. He was being held in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bail, with a first court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

 

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