Man faces five charges for shooting at car on I-94


A wild shooting as two cars sped west on Interstate 94 resulted in a Brooklyn Park man facing five charges for shooting at four people and had his Tuesday court hearing postponed to mid-July, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.


Donquarious Grant, 24, was charged with four counts of dangerous weapons-drive by shooting and possession of a firearm by a felon. The shooting occurred in the late afternoon of March 12 and three people in the car were wounded and taken to the hospital.


The two month investigation led to the arrest of Grant on May 13.  He remains in the Hennepin County Jail and bail was set four weeks ago at $200,000.


“This deplorable gun violence must stop,” Freeman said. “Other drivers on the freeway were endangered and it is just dumb luck that no one was killed. We already have convicted Mr. Grant once for being a felon in possession and got him off the street for several years. If a jury convicts him, we will seek a much longer sentence because he clearly has no concern for his fellow citizens.”


According to the criminal complaint, at about 5 p.m. on March 12, numerous witnesses called 911 to report someone was shooting at a car driving west on Interstate 94 from downtown Minneapolis. The driver got off the freeway at Broadway Avenue North and pulled into a restaurant’s parking lot. Police found the front passenger window shattered and six bullet holes on the passenger side panel.


Grant pulled his car along the right side of the victims’ car, rolled down his window and began firing a handgun. The driver received a gunshot wound to the hand. The victim in the front passenger’s seat was shot twice and the man sitting behind him suffered one gunshot wound, the complaint states. The passenger sitting behind the driver was uninjured.


The investigation revealed that Grant had been associated with the same street gang as the victims, but there had been a split within the gang and the people in the two cars were now enemies, according to the complaint.


In 2009, Grant was found delinquent in juvenile court on a robbery charge and is prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition and was convicted as an adult for being a felon in possession. He already was charged earlier this year on another felon in possession charge and fleeing police in a motor vehicle.


Criminal Complaint (PDF)