Minnesota

The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Minnesota. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.

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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: David Krauss  SUICIDE

Date: March 30, 2017
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On March 30, 2017, concealed handgun permit holder David Krauss, 29, shot his son Wyatt Krauss, eight, in the head with a 9mm handgun before turning the gun on himself in an attempted murder-suicide at their home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. David Krauss’s mother went to the house after attempting to contact him earlier in the day and found the door unlocked. After entering, she found David and Wyatt in Wyatt’s bedroom. David was dead from a gunshot wound to the head, but Wyatt was still breathing. He was taken to a hospital in Duluth in critical condition. The handgun Krauss used was found at the scene and had been purchased on March 22, 2017.

Source: “Child critically injured in attempted murder-suicide,” www.grandrapidsmn.com, April 1, 2017.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Stephen Carl Allwine  PENDING

Date: November 13, 2016
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On November 13, 2016, Amy Louise Allwine, 43, wife of concealed handgun permit holder Stephen Carl Allwine, 43, was found dead in their home from a gunshot wound to the head, a 9mm Springfield XDS pistol near her body. According to police, Stephen Allwine allegedly had been attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife through the untraceable “dark web” since Valentine’s Day, 2016. After this effort failed, Allwine obtained a concealed handgun permit on August 10, 2016 and bought the 9mm pistol that would later be used to kill the victim. He also reportedly used the dark web to inquire about the drug scopolamine, known as a “mind control” drug. The victim was found to have had 45 times the normal prescribed amount of scopolamine in her body when she died, and did not have a prescription for the drug. Stephen Allwine also allegedly sent his wife two anonymous emails urging her to kill herself for the sake of her family. Police reported that the evidence was not consistent with a suicide, including the absence of gunpowder on the victim’s hands. According to statements made by the couple’s nine-year-old son, who discovered the body, when he asked his father why his mother was sleeping on the floor, Allwine replied, “She’s probably dead.” Allwine has been charged with second-degree murder.

Source: “Cottage Grove husband set up her death as suicide after failed hit, police say,” www.twincities.com, January 18, 2017.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: David M. Easter  CONVICTED

Date: August 23, 2016
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On August 23, 2016, concealed handgun permit holder David M. Easter, 26, allegedly shot and killed an unidentified man at Myre-Big Island State Park in southern Minnesota. Easter is a private in the Minnesota National Guard. Easter’s wife Karla and their infant daughter were nearby at the time of the shooting. According to Karla Easter, her husband confronted the victim who was in his car and the two men exchanged words. Karla heard the victim tell her husband to stop shining a light at him. She then heard gunshots and saw that the man in the car was wounded. David Easter called 911 to report the shooting and surrendered peacefully when officers arrived, turning over his 45 caliber pistol. According to Sheriff Kurt Freitag, Easter claimed that the man had come at him with a baseball bat. But the sheriff noted there was no evidence to support this claim, as Easter was outside the car and allegedly fired twice through the closed driver’s side window. A positive ID on the victim was complicated due to his being shot in the face. Easter had a valid concealed carry permit from Nebraska, but Minnesota does not have a reciprocity agreement with Nebraska. Easter was charged with second degree murder.

UPDATE: On April 13, 2017, a jury found David M. Easter guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Spencer Daniel Brown. Easter was also found guilty of gross misdemeanor carrying or possessing a pistol without a permit in a public place. Easter had a Nebraska concealed weapons permit but did not have a valid Minnesota permit.

Source: “Jury finds Easter guilty of 2nd-degree murder, gun violation,” www.albertleatribune.com, April 13, 2017; “Gunman charged in shooting death in Minn. state park is in National Guard,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 25, 2016.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Kirk Lee Bigby  PENDING

Date: December 10, 2015
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On December 10, 2015, concealed handgun permit holder Kirk Lee Bigby, 61, allegedly shot and killed Marcus Lee Roberts, 35, with a .45 handgun at the Bluefin Bay resort in Tofte, MN.  A witness reported seeing Bigby, who was known as “Kirk the firewood guy,” pull out a gun and shoot Roberts.  Roberts was a blackjack dealer working a holiday party at the resort.  Authorities have not released information on what may have motivated the shooting, reporting only that Bigby “came into physical contact” with Roberts, and shot him with a handgun.  Bigby was charged with second degree murder and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Source: “Charges: Man Shot, Killed During Holiday Party At North Shore Resort,” minnesota.cbslocal.com, December 14, 2015; “Employee charged in murder of Twin Cities man outside North Shore resort,” startribune.com, December 12, 2015.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Lepierre Carpenter  CONVICTED

Date: August 3, 2015
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On August 3, 2015, concealed handgun permit holder Lepierre Carpenter, 24, allegedly shot and killed Parnell Robinson, 26, outside the apartment complex where he lived. Carpenter’s sister told police that Carpenter and Robinson had been arguing about drugs on Facebook for the past few months. According to news reports, on the day of the shooting, Robinson saw a male friend pass by and yelled, “Where your fat — going?” and teased the friend for letting his girlfriend make him walk to the store, even though he had a car. Shots were fired and Robinson fell to the ground. When Robinson’s girlfriend asked Carpenter why he allegedly shot, he replied, “That’s what he gets for talking —-.” When police arrived, Carpenter put his hands on his head and said, “it’s me….I let my rage get the best of me.” He also reportedly asked police, “How much time do you think I’m looking at for something like this?” According to the medical examiner, Robinson was shot twice with one bullet going through his heart, and the other striking his neck and ending up at the base of his skull. Carpenter was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

UPDATE: In November 2015, Lepierre Carpenter pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Parnell Robinson. On January 15, 2016, Carpenter was sentenced to 25 ½ years in prison with credit for 166 days served.

Source: “St. Paul man sentenced to 25 years for fatally shooting neighbor,” kstp.com, January 15, 2016; “Charge: St. Paul killer says rage prompted him to fatally shoot man in back,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 5, 2015.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Name Not Provided  CONVICTED

Date: 2014
People Killed: 3


Circumstances:
Between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported that among the reported convictions of individuals with permits were three homicide offenses, which consist of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, assisting suicide, or criminal vehicular homicide.

Source: 2014 Permit to Carry Report, State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, March 1, 2015.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Ted Hoffstrom  SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE

Date: November 15, 2013
People Killed: 2 (including shooter)


Circumstances:
On November 15, 2013, concealed handgun permit holder Ted Hoffstrom, 30, traveled to the home of Dr. Stephen Larson, 74, where, after a brief argument, he shot and killed the doctor. Fourteen minutes later Hoffstrom was shot and killed by police. Hoffstrom, who worked at a liquor store, had attained a law degree, and just passed the bar, had been born with his hands and feet attached to his body. They had to be surgically detached, resulting in ongoing medical issues, including occasionally walking with a limp. Hoffstrom blamed Larson, who had been his mother’s physician, for his birth defects. According to news reports, Hoffstrom had recently obtained a concealed handgun permit and then purchased the handgun used to kill Larson.

Source: “Orono shooting suspected blamed OB/GYN for birth defect, friends say,” www.myfoxtwincities.com, November 20, 2013.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Name Not Provided  CONVICTED

Date: 2013
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
Between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported that among the reported convictions of individuals with permits was one Homicide Offense – Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter, Negligent Manslaughter, Assisting Suicide, or Criminal Vehicular Homicide.

Source: 2013 Permit to Carry Report, State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, March 1, 2014.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Kao Xiong  CONVICTED

Date: December 5, 2012
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On December 5, 2012, a four-year-old boy unintentionally shot and killed his two-year-old brother while playing with their father’s handgun. The boys’ father Kao Xiong, 31, had a concealed handgun permit and was at home at the time of the shooting. According to police, Xiong had eight guns in the family’s two bedroom home at the time of the shooting. The gun used in the shooting was stashed between the bed and the mattress in Xiong’s bedroom. Xiong was charged with second degree manslaughter and child endangerment, with a trial date set for May 20, 2013.

UPDATE: In May 2013, Kao Xiong was convicted of manslaughter and child endangerment. On June 27, 2013, Xiong was sentenced to probation and time served, and was ordered to spend 100 hours talking to the Hmong community about gun safety. Sentencing guidelines called for a four-year prison term, but the Hennepin County Attorney and the judge in the case agreed that Xiong had taken responsibility for his son’s death.

Source: “No prison for Kao Xiong, dad whose unsecured gun was used by 4-year-old to kill brother, 2,” citypages.com, June 27, 2013; “Father of Minneapolis toddler killed in accidental shooting will stand trial,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 19, 2013; “Toddler shot to death by brother at Minneapolis home,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 5, 2012.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Andrew Engeldinger  SUICIDE

Date: September 27, 2012
People Killed: 7 (including shooter)


Circumstances:
On September 27, 2012, concealed handgun permit holder Andrew Engeldinger, 36, armed with a 9mm semiautomatic Glock pistol, shot and killed six people and wounded two at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis before taking his own life. At the end of the workday, Engeldinger was informed by two of the company’s managers that he was losing his job. Engeldinger replied, “Oh really,” and pulled his holstered pistol and shot the two men, fatally wounding one and injuring the other. He then proceeded through the workplace, fatally shooting three additional co-workers, some of whom were trying to help other victims, as well as a United Parcel Service delivery man. He then shot another co-worker, who later died in hospital from his wounds. Engeldinger was later found by authorities in the basement of the business, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound from the Glock pistol. Witnesses described Engeldinger as calm during the mass shooting, stating that he didn’t “appear to be moving fast but walking and moving in a normal manner.” Engeldinger had reportedly struggled with mental illness for years. He had purchased his handgun legally in October 2011 from KGS Guns and Ammo in Minneapolis for “around $620.”

Source: “Sixth victim in shooting rampage dies,” MPRnews, October 11, 2012; “Andrew Engeldinger, Minnesota Gunman, Said ‘Oh Really’ Before He Started Shooting,” Associated Press, October 6, 2012; “Minneapolis office shooting suspect: Who was Andrew Engeldinger?,” www.myfoxtwincities.com, September 28, 2012.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Name Not Provided  CONVICTED

Date: 2012
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
Between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported that among the reported crimes committed by individuals with permits was one “Murder/Manslaughter.”

Source: 2012 Permit to Carry Report, State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, March 1, 2013.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Brock McCarthy  SUICIDE

Date: June 30, 2010
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On June 30, 2010, concealed handgun permit holder Brock McCarthy, 33, was found by his wife in their home dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Brock had recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a pre-teen girl multiple times in 2005. McCarthy had admitted to having at least half a dozen sexual encounters with the girl and told police that he had been sexually abused as a child and could not protect his victim from himself. On June 23, 2010, McCarthy pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. As part of a plea agreement, a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct was to be dismissed. Brock was to be sentenced on August 18, 2010. According to the criminal complaint, police took extra precautions in finding and detaining McCarthy because he was known to have one or more handguns and a permit to carry.

Source: “Duluth sexual assault suspect commits suicide,” ParkRapidsEnterprise.com, July 2, 2010.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Michelle Rae Wilson  CONVICTED

Date: January 13, 2008
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On January 13, 2008, Michelle Rae Wilson shot and killed Carl Jackson during an argument over their past relationship. That evening Jackson called 911 from Wilson’s home and told the operator that his ex-girlfriend was “beating him upside his head” and that he was trying not to hit her and trying to get out of the house. The sound of a woman yelling in the background could be heard over the phone. Then gunshots were heard and the line went dead. Wilson had fired six shots from a Glock pistol, three of them hitting Jackson in the forehead, shoulder, and chest. The handgun had been given to Wilson by her nephew, a police officer, for self-protection. Wilson, who had a concealed handgun permit, was charged with second degree murder. In court, Wilson claimed that Jackson had assaulted her and that she had fired her handgun in self-defense. Wilson was convicted in December 2009.

Source: “Wilson is found guilty of killing ex-boyfriend,” StarTribune.com, December 17, 2009; “St. Paul killer testifies she was defending herself,” StarTribune.com, December 15, 2009; “St. Paul woman on trial in ex-boyfriend’s fatal shooting,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 7, 2009; “The Smoking Gun: a Killing in St. Paul,” Windypundit.com, August 6, 2009.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Name Not Provided  CONVICTED

Date: 2008
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On March 1, 2009, the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, reported in its 2008 Permit to Carry Report that among the “Reported Crimes Committed By Permit Holders” was one Murder/Manslaughter.

Source: 2008 Permit to Carry Report, State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, March 1, 2009.