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Red Wing man charged in drive-by shooting

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A Red Wing man has been charged in connection with a reported drive-by shooting Saturday night.

Titus Blackbull Wolff, 35, was charged in Goodhue County District Court with dangerous weapons-drive by shooting and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, all felonies. He also faces two counts of a gross misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor charges of recklessly handling or using a dangerous weapon and carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol.

Red Wing police were dispatched at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported hearing loud bangs, according to a criminal complaint. A second caller reported the license plate of a vehicle potentially involved in the shooting, and said the driver had been wearing a bandana over his face.

An officer talked to two men who said they were on the sidewalk near the Bush and Plum streets when a vehicle pulled up and a male driver shouted at them and shot “in the air towards them over their heads,” the complaint states. They did not report any injuries.

The license plate the caller reported came back registered to Wolff, and officers went to his residence. They noticed a bonfire outside a nearby home, where Wolff was located with a gun. Officers reported seeing a bandana on the passenger seat of his vehicle, a gun magazine in the middle console and a spent round on the driver’s seat, according to the complaint.

A breath test taken at about 1:30 a.m., after Wolff’s arrest, showed a blood alcohol content of .18. The drive-by shooting charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine, the second-degree assault charges could mean up to seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both, the DWI charges carry a penalty of up to a year in prison and/or $3,000 fine, and the misdemeanors have a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

Wolff’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 26.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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