Acting Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Gage Allen David Anderson, age 18 of Farmington, has been charged* with one count of Attempted Murder in the First Degree (While Committing a Felony) in connection with a non-fatal shooting that occurred in Farmington on March 19, 2021. A male juvenile was also involved in this incident and will appear in juvenile court on March 23, 2021.
The following is a brief summary of the facts contained in the criminal complaint filed today in this case:
On the afternoon of March 19, 2021, Farmington police responded to a report that a male pointed a gun at another person. A woman told police she had observed a vehicle driving in the middle of the road. She observed the driver point a black handgun out of the window of the vehicle. Another male got out and ran away from the driver. The driver followed the male running away from him, pointing the gun at him.
Farmington police received a second report of a vehicle driving erratically. Officers responded and observed a male outside of the vehicle. Officers observed the male stagger and fall to the ground. Officers determined that the male had sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The victim reported he was shot by a white male wearing a sweatshirt who was carrying a black backpack. Medics arrived and the victim was transported to the hospital.
In his statement to police, the victim reported that Gage Anderson and a friend of Anderson's robbed him during a drug deal. The victim was driving his vehicle and the suspects wanted the victim to go and get more money. While the three were in the vehicle, the victim attempted to exit the vehicle and escape from the suspects. It was during his attempted escape that the victim was shot.
The suspects were apprehended together shortly after the shooting. At the time of their arrest, the juvenile suspect was found in possession of a handgun.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Keena commented: “We are thankful the victim was not killed and that no other individuals were injured in this incident. We wish the victim a full recovery from this shooting."
Anderson made his first court appearance on these charges today. Bail in the amount of $750,000 without conditions ($500,000 with conditions), was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Leslie Metzen. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 29, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Hastings.
Keena thanked the Farmington Police Department for their investigation of this case. Keena also thanked the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, the Lakeville Police Department, South St. Paul Police Department and West St. Paul Police Department for their assistance with this case. If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.