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Mt. Iron man charged with attempted murder after ‘drive-by shooting’

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MN–A Mountain Iron man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after what authorities are calling a drive-by shooting in Virginia.

Court documents show Dayton Konecny, 23, is being held at the St. Louis County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, around 5:05 p.m. on April 28, Virginia Police responded to a report of a shooting near 11th Street South and 1st Avenue South.

Witnesses reported seeing a white Dodge Ram pickup truck and a Chey Cruz. The truck reportedly sped away and ran a red light as it attempted to get onto Highway 53. Witnesses also say they heard three to five gunshots.

The complaint states that around 5:19 p.m., a man identifying himself as “Quinton” and another female dropped Nicholas Champa off at the Virginia Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his right leg.

Before he was transferred to a Duluth hospital, Champa told authorities that he had been walking down the road when he was shot at. He wasn’t able to provide further details.

Around 2:17 a.m., officials say they found a Chevy parked on the 1100 block of 1st Avenue South. It apparently had blood on the front passenger seat, but no one was in the vehicle at the time.

While they attempted to obtain a search warrant, two people came outside, one being Tianna Johnson.

Johnson told authorities that earlier in the night she, Champa, and “Quinton,” drove to the area of 102 1/2 11th Street in Johnson’s vehicle, a black Chevy.

She said said while they got out of the car, another vehicle was driving down the street. Johnson told authorities the driver was going really fast and then someone allegedly shot at the three of them and her car.

Johnson said Champa got back in the car and told her he needed to go to the hospital.

According to Johnson, the shots came from someone inside a white truck.

Through an investigation involving security cameras, officers determined the truck belonged to Konecny.

On April 29, authorities saw Konecny and another man walking on the side of Highway 135 between Virginia and Gilbert. They were eventually arrested after trying to drive away.

Virginia Police did not release any details regarding a motive.

Bail has been set at $150,000.

Briggs LeSavage

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