Anthony Linard Collins, who reportedly resides at 3537 3rd Ave. N., is either a walking testament to the fact we need new gun laws or the living embodiment of how the gun laws we already have need to ACTUALLY BE ENFORCED.
I leave it to readers to decide which one. Here are the facts and a link to the criminal complaint against Collins...
According to the Hennepin County Prosecutor, on December 1 of last year, at half an hour after midnight, police were dispatched to 1933 Lyndale Ave. S. on a report of a shooting. An off duty officer who was working at Rudolf's restaurant had heard gunshots coming from the parking lot.
Running out of the restaurant, going right into danger, the officer heard more shots and saw some individuals near a white SUV. A black male, later identified as Collins, was running from the SUV while apparently stuffing a handgun in his pants.
There must have been some police in the direction Collins ran, because a short while later he ran back to the parking lot. The officer ordered Collins to get down on the ground but instead Collins hunkered down between two vehicles and the officer could hear Collins trying to chamber a round, and then the sound of a gun hitting the ground. Then a gun went flying, apparently thrown by Collins, and was later determined to be a Glock .357 with no bullets in the chamber or clip. A records check determined the gun was reported stolen.
Note word "reported." Funny how guns are purchased, reported "stolen," and then end up in the hands of North Minneapolis thugs. I'm just saying.
More investigation at the scene turned up an adult male with a bullet wound in his neck, 9 discharged casings from a .357, 5 discharged .40 caliber casings, three vehicles with bullet holes, and one gaming console with a bullet hole inside Mortimer's Bar.
Here's the best part. Collins has felony convictions for a 2004 drug crime, a 2004 vehicle theft, ANOTHER 2004 drug crime, a 2006 Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, and a 2009 theft of a motor vehicle. As the criminal complaint sums it up rather dryly:
"Therefore, defendant is prohibited from possessing a firearm."
Did I say THAT was the best part? I was mistaken. It gets BETTER.
Turns out Coolins was out on bond from a charge over being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm when the parking lot shootout happened.
Somehow, I don't think the "prohibited person" law is having much of an impact on Collins.
Or is it merely the lack of meaningful punishment associated with the law?
I leave it for readers to debate.
Meanwhile, I would like to add the property at 3537 3rd Ave. N. which is listed on the criminal complaint simply does not exist. It appears on the jail roster associated with Collins, but a Google search for that address turns up...
Only the jail roster. Behind the name of Anthony Linard Collins.