Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that the Dakota County Grand Jury has indicted* Grant David Hendrickson, age 27 of South St. Paul, with multiple crimes in connection to the death of Donald Joseph Hortsch, age 69 of Rosemount, and the attempted shooting death/assault of a 27-year-old male on November 7, 2016, at the Dollar Tree store in Burnsville. Hendrickson was indicted for the following offenses:
1. Murder in the First Degree (Premeditation)
2. Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional)
3. Attempted Murder in the First Degree (Premeditation)
4. Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional)
5. Assault in the First Degree (Great Bodily Harm)
6. Assault in the Second Degree (Dangerous Weapon)
7. Possession of a Pistol by Prohibited Person (Crime of Violence)
The facts and circumstances surrounding this incident are contained in the criminal complaint filed on November 9, 2016 initially charging Hendrickson in connection with this incident. This indictment will supersede the prior charges.
A copy of the indictment and the previous criminal complaints can be found at Criminal Complaint Search. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search. Prior news releases are available at County Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Donald Joseph Hortsch whose life was lost in this incident and to the other shooting victim who suffered serious and disabling injuries.
Backstrom thanked the Burnsville Police Department, which served as the lead investigative agency regarding this incident. Backstrom also thanked the additional law enforcement agencies that assisted in this investigation: Apple Valley Police Department, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, the Electronic Crimes Unit of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, Eagan Police Department, Farmington Police Department, Lakeville Police Department, South Saint Paul Police Department, West Saint Paul Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota State Patrol.
Hendrickson made his first court appearance today and bail in the case was continued at $1.5 million without conditions and $1 million with conditions by Judge Michael Mayer. His next court appearance is on January 30, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.
*An indictment is a criminal charge. Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.