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Two charged in drive-by shooting
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Two people were arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of November 12 near the downtown area of Alexandria.

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James Brown, 28, of Alexandria, was already in jail in Benton County on unrelated charges when he was formally arrested by Alexandria authorities Friday, and charged in connection with the shooting.

Rufus Russell, 26, of Alexandria, was arrested Sunday in Alexandria and taken into custody without incident. He remains in the Douglas County Jail.

Brown was charged with one count of felony-level drive-by shooting and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

The drive-by shooting charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The firearm charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.

Russell was charged with one count of aiding and abetting a drive-by shooting and one count of conspiracy to commit a drive-by shooting.

The aiding and abetting charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The other charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The two men were arrested and charged after a lengthy investigation by the Alexandria Police Department, along with assistance from numerous concerned citizens.

According to a police report issued Monday morning, several shots were fired in the early morning hours of November 12 at the address of 921 Kenwood Street. The residence, along with a vehicle parked at the residence, sustained gunshot damage.

At the time of the shooting, there were at least four adults and five children sleeping inside the house, according to the police report. There were no injuries to the occupants of the house.

Immediately following the shooting, officers at the scene located a spent shell casing from a semi-automatic handgun. Bullet fragments were also found in the side of the house and the car that were consistent with being fired from a semi-automatic handgun, according to the police report.

Several witnesses around the area reported hearing a number of gunshots in quick succession, and a resident in the area saw a four-door car pull up and stop at the stop sign at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Kenwood Street, which is near the location of the shooting.

The vehicle reportedly sat at the intersection for a period of time and then proceeded through the intersection, which would have taken it past the 921 Kenwood address, according to authorities.

During the investigation, Alexandria police officers spoke with numerous citizens and witnesses, who were able to assist with details of the case, said Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels.

The victims in this case are believed to have been involved in an ongoing dispute with both Brown and Russell, according to the report. The dispute consisted of physical and verbal altercations at Alexandria establishments, according to investigators.

Brown and Russell remain in jail until their next court appearances.

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