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  1. Jeff G17

    Jeff G17

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    http://www.startribune.com/local/sou...Unciaec8O7EyUr
    A veterinary student was charged Tuesday with four counts of second-degree assault for allegedly shooting at a vehicle at a Burnsville gas station on Saturday, sending its four occupants fleeing for their lives and grazing one of them, a 15-year-old girl.
    The suspect, Marcus A. Rollins, 29, of St. Paul, also stirred fear and concern last year at the University of Minnesota by going into rages and pointing his hand at others as if he were going to shoot them, according to a University Police report.
    Rollins appeared in Dakota County District Court on Tuesday, and Judge Shawn Moynihan set bail at $100,000 without conditions or $70,000 with conditions. Assistant Dakota County Attorney Nicole Nee asked for a high bail amount, saying that Rollins, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon:steamed:, was apparently motivated only by sheer anger.
    "He could have killed somebody," Nee said.
    The shooting happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A Dodge Durango driven by a man and carrying a woman and two 15-year-old girls pulled up to the pumps at the SuperAmerica at county roads 5 and 42, where Rollins was filling up with gas. The SUV banged into Rollins' car, causing the trunk to fly open and hit his chin, according to a criminal complaint.
    Rollins drew his gun and pointed it at the Durango, the complaint said. The driver of the Durango moved forward and hit Rollins' vehicle a second time before managing to steer past it, at which point Rollins began shooting, allegedly firing four times with his .40-caliber handgun. A bullet grazed the back of one of the teens, causing a minor injury.
    The driver of the Durango started to pull away and got hung up on the concrete barrier of a second set of pumps. He got out and ran away, and the woman and teen passengers ran into the gas station, where an employee directed them to a back room and locked the gas station.
    Tuesday, police continued looking for the driver of the SUV, hoping to interview him as a witness.
    Mark Gehan, Rollins' attorney, told the judge that Rollins grew up in a tough neighborhood of St. Paul, that he has no criminal record and that he does not drink or use drugs. Gehan requested lower bail, noting that Rollins is on spring break from college. Without bail that he could pay, "he's out of school, his life is basically over," Gehan said.
    Rollins' behavior at the university already had raised concerns. Between Feb. 26 and March 2, 2009, a police report says, he went into a rage in class after finding someone sitting in his chair. He began slamming the chair into the floor.
    The next day he swore at students, slammed doors and caused other disturbances as students gave presentations. He pointed his hand at others, pretending that he was shooting them, and that prompted an adviser to express fears that he might return with a gun. Police told Rollins not to return to class until he had permission.
    He is to appear in court next on March 29.
    Joy Powell • 952-882-9017
     
  2. chevy01234

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    Unfortunately a sociopath got a CCW license, the screening process is like anything else and will have a slip up every now and then.

    Glad no one was seriously injured.
     

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    My question would be "would he have carried a gun without a permit?" My guess is yes. The permit was just an extra piece of paper to probably justify in his mind that he was some how the "good guy."
     
  4. Bilbo Bagins

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    This nutcase could have pulled out a baseball bat and started smashing people and cars, or he could have put his credit card in the gas pump and squirted everyone with 94 octane and light a match.

    Instead he used a gun.

    If convicted of a felony, when he gets out of jail, he will lose his CCW permit, and will never be able to purchase a firearm again.

    Yet he could still buy a baseball bat and all the gasoline he wants.
     
  5. hamster

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    I just feel like this kind of thing brings bad publicity to our cause. Of course the media always jumps on the fact that he is a CCW holder.