Delonte Thomas allegedly shot three women at North Side birthday party
|A police spokesman couldn't immediately confirm that Thomas (left) is one of the men in the "person of interest" photo released last week (right).|
Six days after the Minneapolis Police Department released a photo of two "persons of interest" in connection with the incident, Delonte Thomas, a 19-year-old North Side resident, was hit yesterday with three felony attempted murder charges and three felony assault charges for allegedly shooting three women at least eight times each at a July 9 birthday party at 3551 Fremont Ave. N.
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All three victims had emergency surgery and are expected to survive, authorities say.
During an interview at North Memorial Medical Center, "Victim A" told police she knows Thomas as "D." According to the complaint, she was upset because Thomas brought "Witness 1" to the birthday party and told him as much. Witness 1 later told police he or she heard one gunshot while Thomas and Victim A argued at the party. (The complaint doesn't specify whether Witness 1 is a man or woman, or whether the first shot hit anybody.)
|The North Side house where the triple shooting occurred.|
Thomas, Witness 1, and Witness 2 left the party in a gold 2003 Pontiac Bonneville. It's unclear whether the first shooting was initially reported to police. But about 15 minutes later, Thomas "requested to be brought back to the party," the complaint says, citing Witness 1's account of events.
After Witness 1 dropped Thomas and Witness 2 off near the party, a series of shots rang out. Victim A later said Thomas "began shooting as he ran toward her," and two other women were shot as well. Cops were called, and upon arrival, "officers observed three female victims lying in the backyard with significant injuries."
Blood stains were still visible on the backyard grass the next day, and 10 bullet casings -- one from a 9mm and nine from a .40 caliber -- were found at the scene:
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