Minneapolis man sentenced for injuring National Guard troops in April drive-by shooting

A Minneapolis man was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for injuring two National Guard soldiers in an April drive-by shooting.

Andrew Thomas, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count each of second-degree assault, illegal possession of a firearm, and drive-by shooting, according to documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.

About 4:20 a.m. on April 18, 2021, Thomas fired a volley of shots from his SUV at a vehicle containing four National Guard soldiers, who were stationed at Penn and Broadway avenues in Minneapolis to keep order during the Derek Chauvin trial, according to court documents.

One bullet went through the vehicle’s windshield, injuring two of the soldiers. One was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injures from broken glass, while another was treated at the scene for superficial wounds.

Images of the Thomas’ vehicle were captured by nearby video cameras, and he was pulled over and arrested later that same evening.

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