A St. Paul man was charged Monday with two counts of assault in connection with a shooting downtown Tuesday evening that sent one bystander to the hospital with a bullet wound to the torso, the Hennepin County attorney’s office announced.
Delorien Chatman, 28, also was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent. His bail was set at $500,000 due to the serious nature of endangering the safety of others, the attorney’s office said.
“We requested a higher bail in this case because the alleged shooting by Mr. Chatman seriously injured an innocent man,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a news release. “As I’ve said before, we will continue to use the tools available to us to combat these senseless shootings.”
According to the criminal complaint, about 7:17 p.m. Minneapolis police responded to a shooting near the corner of 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue S. where they found a man in a nearby Jimmy John’s shop with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Several witness confirmed that the victim was an innocent bystander.
Witnesses told authorities that two men were fighting and Chatman was knocked to the ground. Chatman pulled out a gun and when he got up, fired a shot that hit the victim, then ran away.
Witnesses described in detail what the shooter was wearing. Based on this and surveillance video from the scene, Chatman was later apprehended wearing the same clothing, Freeman said in the statement.
The 44-year-old shooting victim underwent surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center. Authorities have yet to disclose his identity or his condition.
The daylight shooting downtown prompted a sharp response from Steve Cramer of the Downtown Council and new Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “We are working hard to make sure that downtown and all of Minneapolis is safe and vibrant,” Arradondo said.
Chatman is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.