Minneapolis felon sentenced to 42 months in prison following gas station shooting

Courtesy of: U.S Department of Justice
Courtesy of: U.S Department of Justice

(St. Paul, MN) -- A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possessing ammunition as a felon during a shooting at a Minneapolis gas station.

Court documents say 40-year-old Cortez Shipp and 33-year-old Johnnie Haynes were caught on surveillance video arguing with two other men. Court documents say this is when Shipp handed an object to Haynes, who began shooting at a vehicle occupied by the two men. A second business was in the line of Haynes's gunfire and hit by multiple rounds. Surveillance video from the second business captured rounds flying through the building, forcing employees to take shelter.

Shipp has prior offenses. On January 8, 2020, he pled guilty to one count of possessing ammunition as a felon. Because he has previous felony convictions in Hennepin County, Shipp is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. 

On August 3, 2021, a federal jury convicted Haynes of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, 2022.