Jeremy James Hatchett, 21, is charged in Olmsted County District Court with dangerous weapons-drive by shooting toward person, occupied motor vehicle or occupied building.
Hatchett, who was arrested on Nov. 19, was scheduled to make his first appearance in court on the felony charge Monday morning.
Rochester police were called about 7:20 a.m. on Oct. 30 to the Enterprise Rental Car, 838 38th St. NW, for a report that there were shell casings in the parking lot and damage to several vehicles.
Officers found nine .22 caliber casings and five .40 caliber rounds in the business’s parking lot, according to the criminal complaint. At least two vehicles in the lot had broken windows or bullet holes.
Using surveillance footage from the business as well as a nearby gas station, police were able to identify a 2002 Toyota Camry believed to be involved as well as a number of people connected to the incident.
From prior interactions with police, officers were able to determine an address for the Camry and located it at Gage East Apartments, 920 40th St. NW. Hatchett had previously been linked to that vehicle, according to court records.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and its associated residence, as well as the phone of a 19-year-old man.
When presented with a still photo from inside the gas station, the 19-year-old man reportedly told police that some men inside the gas station said something to Hatchett and that Hatchett pulled out of the gas station, according to court records.
He initially said he knew nothing about the shooting, but then said that they were shot at first. He said someone in the Camry, which he said was Hatchett’s vehicle, returned fire, but would not say who did, the complaint states.
Data taken from the 19-year-old’s phone included a photo taken the month before of the man and Hatchett holding pistols. A video from Oct. 30, shows the man, Hatchett and a third man, who has a pistol in his lap, according to the complaint.
The shooting at the Enterprise Car Rental took place about 1:50 a.m. on Oct. 30, according to surveillance footage.
Less than two hours later, policer were called to 941 41st St. NW for a report of a shooting at the Villages at Essex Park apartment complex. An 18-year-old man was fatally shot and a 20-year-old was critically injured in that incident. The suspected shooter has not been arrested.
The two incidents are not believed to be directly connected, although police said some of the same people who were at this incident may have been at the scene of the homicide as well.
The investigation into the drive-by shooting is ongoing.