Man pleads guilty in connection with downtown shooting

A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree assault for firing several shots into a crowded area at 5th & Hennepin after bar close Sept. 12.

Davis-Riley has agreed to have the sentence for each count run consecutively, said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. He is expected to serve nine years in prison.

Davis-Riley and Maurice Carter, 25, were charged with several counts of first-degree assault for shooting in the direction of police officers after firing into the area near the LRT station around 2:30 a.m. About 50 people were in the area, including several police officers. Six people were hit by bullets and taken to HCMC for non life-threatening injuries.

Police saw Carter file several shots into the intersection, and chased Davis-Riley into an alley and arrested him after seeing him with a handgun, according to the criminal complaint.

Davis-Riley admitted to Hennepin County District Court Judge William Koch that he fired 17 shots in the area that night and of the six people shot, he was responsible for two of them.

Carter’s trial is set to begin June 13. A third man involved in Sept. 12 shooting, Demarco Gunn, has also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

Forensic scientists who responded to the scene found 27 discharged cartridge casings from at least two weapons, according to the criminal complaint.

“This reckless and highly dangerous gunfire in Minneapolis must stop,” Freeman said after the shooting.

According to recent Minneapolis Police Department crime statistics, 65 people have been victims of gunshots this year — up 91 percent from the same period last year.