Jury convicts man in shooting of three women at birthday party

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Delonte Ahshone Thomas was found guilty of one count of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of attempted second-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Thomas, 21, of Minneapolis, will be sentenced on July 20. The county attorney's office will seek a minimum of 40 years in prison.

“While attending a birthday party, Mr. Thomas got into an argument. He left the party, but returned a short time later and shot three women,” said Freeman. “Mr. Thomas’ actions are reprehensible and, for this reason, we are seeking consecutive sentences for all three of the victims.”

According to the criminal complaint and testimony at the trial, Minneapolis police were dispatched to a residence in the 3500 block of Fremont Avenue N. at 1:30 a.m. on July 9, 2014, on report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed three women, with significant injuries, on the ground in the backyard.

Witnesses stated that a birthday party was being held at the residence and it was attended by Thomas and a woman identified as his girlfriend. A disturbance occurred after the partygoers sang happy birthday to the man for whom the party was being held. Thomas said it was his girlfriend’s birthday too and suggested they sing to her. One of the victims objected. Thomas left the party but returned 20 minutes later. He entered the back yard from the alley and ran toward the victim who had objected and fired multiple shots.

Criminal Complaint (PDF