Man charged in connection to shooting that injured National Guard soldiers in Minneapolis

Four soldiers were inside a military vehicle that was shot at.
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A man possibly connected to a shooting that injured two National Guard soldiers in north Minneapolis early Sunday morning is facing federal charges in U.S. District Court. 

The Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that 28-year-old Andrew Thomas, of Minneapolis, has been charged with being a felon in possession of firearm.

The release from the Attorney's Office does not accuse Thomas of shooting at the National Guard soldiers, only saying that he and a boy were arrested Sunday evening in an SUV that matched the description of the one sought in connection with the shooting.

At 4:19 a.m. Sunday, shots were fired from a light-colored SUV at the corner of Penn and West Broadway avenues, according to police. One bullet went through the windshield of the military vehicle that was carrying four soldiers. 

One soldier was taken to a hospital to treat injuries from shattered glass, and another was treated at the scene for superficial wounds. 

Thomas and the boy were arrested in south Minneapolis late Sunday evening, near 6th Street South and Cedar Avenue South. Police made the felony stop after locating a 2002 Ford Explorer that matched the description of the vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting earlier in the day. 

Officers found a semi-automatic pistol and a .22 caliber revolver in the vehicle, along with ammunition and two discharged cartridge casings. 

Thomas will appear before a federal judge on Tuesday. 

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"I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured," said Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, in a Sunday statement. "This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now. I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time."

Members of the Guard are in the Twin Cities as part Minnesota Operation Safety Net's response to civil unrest related to the police shooting death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, and the Derek Chauvin murder trial, which is now in the hands of the jury.  

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