Three charged in weekend downtown drive-by shooting

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged three people with riot and weapons offenses in connection with a downtown drive-by shooting over the weekend.

Michael Rolack, Jr., 33, of Minneapolis, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of drive-by shooting, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of theft. Tylynne Lashawn Wilson, 31, of Minneapolis was charged with theft, second-degree riot and felon in possession and Loretha Dionysus Peoples, 22, of Columbia Heights was charged with second-degree riot.

At about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Minneapolis police received numerous reports of shots being fired between two cars near Second Avenue North and Fourth Street. Witnesses provided a description of an SUV with distinctive tires headed west on Interstate 94 and police were able to pull over the SUV a short time later, according to the criminal complaint. Rolack, Wilson and Peoples were in the vehicle.

Inside the center console, between the driver Rolack and passenger Wilson was a gun that had been reported stolen. Police also found a spent shell on the floor by Wilson that was the same caliber as the gun.

Two women were driving in the area when the two cars behind them began to exchange gunfire. The back window of their car was shattered and both women were wounded, although they were able to drive to the hospital. They were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to the complaint.