Charges: Training session leads to accidental shooting of servicemember in Richfield

A horseplay session at a Richfield apartment complex resulted in a gunshot wound to the leg for a member of the 934th Airlift Wing on Monday, June 16, according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, the gunshot victim had been teaching his roommates skills to prepare them for the military, when a during a break they began to kid each other. They were inside their apartment at 6301 Lyndale Ave. when the defendant, Richfield resident Krystian Molina, 22, threw a screwdriver or a lug nut at the victim, who pretended to get mad and went to retrieve an expandable baton, the complaint says.

Meanwhile, Molina grabbed the victim’s gun from a desk in the living room, not believing it was loaded, police were told. The defendant hid around the corner of the kitchen with the baton, then laughed and jumped around the corner, yelling, “attack,” according to charges.

The defendant accidentally discharged the gun, the complaint says, and hit the victim in the upper thigh, causing a fractured femur. Those present immediately administered first aid and called 911. In addition to the defendant and the victim, the complaint says two witnesses also lived in the apartment.

When police arrived around 2:30 p.m., the victim said he been hit in a drive-by shooting before admitting to being accidentally shot, according to the complaint.

Molina faces a felony charge of reckless discharge of a weapon within a municipality, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine

Contact Andrew Wig at andrew.wig@ecm-inc.com or follow him on Twitter @RISunCurrent.

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