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A Minnesota man is accused of fatally shooting his wife during an argument about not having enough sex before opening fire on his neighbors, putting a 12-year-old in critical condition and seriously injuring her adult sister.
Jason Mesich, 48, told deputies that he got in an argument Sunday night with his wife, Angela Lynn Mesich, over the amount of sex they were having, according to a criminal complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. As the argument intensified, he said he “probably” went inside and got a gun, then pointed the gun in his wife's face and “probably emptied" it shooting her, authorities allege in the complaint.
The woman's dead body was later recovered with "numerous" gunshot wounds in her neck and upper body, according to the complaint.
Meanwhile, several of Mesich’s neighbors, who are Black, were outside helping move items into a U-Haul truck. Mildred Saulter and her 29-year-old daughter Canisha were carrying items, while the Saulter's 12-year-old daughter Makayla was holding her infant niece, the Rev. Marcia Westbrook, the girls' aunt, told Minneapolis station KSTP.
When Mesich allegedly opened fire, Makayla immediately turned to shield the infant with her body, Westbrook said. She was shot in the head, while Canisha was shot multiple times in the legs, according to the criminal complaint.
Mesich allegedly went on to shoot at Saulter, who ran inside the U-Haul, according to Westbrook. Westbrook said Mesich continued firing at the woman after she took cover, but she escaped uninjured. Both sisters were rushed to the hospital, with the 12-year-old in critical condition, according to the complaint.
When asked why he shot the 12-year-old, Mesich allegedly told deputies “he hated all children” and said the family “were not good neighbors,” according to the complaint.
Authorities arrived on scene and entered a standoff with Mesich, who allegedly fired 40 rounds at that time, according to local outlet KMIZ. Upon entering the house, deputies found him in the basement, “screaming, throwing items, and discharging firearms,” according to the complaint.
He was arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree murder.
He is being held on $1,000,000 bond and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
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