Federal authorities have now arrested the man that they say fired on the National Guard in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Rep.Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for people to get “more confrontational.’
The Guard was on patrol with the police in north Minneapolis when they were fired upon from a light-colored SUV on the Guard.
According to a statement from the Justice Department, one bullet went through the windshield of the team’s military vehicle in which there were four soldiers. Two of the Minnesota National Guard sustained minor injuries. One went to the hospital for injuries from shattered glass. The other was treated at the scene for superficial injuries.
According to the complaint, the vehicle of Andrew Thomas, 28, was caught on a surveillance camera. When police found the car, they allege he made several “evasive maneuvers” but police were able to pull over the car. There was a juvenile in the car who they ordered out. The juvenile said there was a gun in the car. The juvenile said Thomas, who he only knew as “Black,” put the gun somewhere in the car. The juvenile said that he had only met Thomas a week before at a motel in St. Paul. Police found two guns in the car, a 9 mm pistol and a .22 caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number, according to the DOJ statement.
Inside the car were bullet casings that matched the casings found at the scene of the shooting.
Thomas was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, because he had a prior conviction in Hennepin County in 2017 for a third-degree assault, according to the complaint.
Thomas has not yet been charged specifically with the shooting, but they will likely add that charge at a later point. No picture has yet been released on the suspect.
Meanwhile, Republicans are calling for action in regard to the comments of Maxine Waters. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would call to censure Waters and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a resolution to expel her.