Rosemount man charged for shooting BB gun at people in park

A Rosemount man was charged with three felonies in Dakota County District Court last week for allegedly shooting a BB gun at people in an Apple Valley park last year.

Michael Richard Mudge, 18, of Rosemount, is facing a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $30,000 fine after being charged with three felony counts of threats of violence (intent to terrorize) following an incident Nov. 2, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a report of an individual being shot at in a park in Apple Valley.

Officers spoke with the individuals, who said they were standing in the parking lot near their vehicles when a vehicle approached them and the passenger began shooting at them with a BB gun.

The individual turned away from the shooting and moved toward her child, who was seated in the back of the car, believing it to be a real gun at the time.

The reporting parties said they and a vehicle had been hit by BBs, and they estimated approximately 13 shots were fired.

They reported it was likely intentional because they were all standing at most 12 feet from the person shooting.

The cost to repair the vehicle was $1,230.

The parties provided the license plate of the vehicle and officers made contact with the owners, who identified Mudge as the one using the BB gun.

During an interview, Mudge said they went to the park and decided to shoot at the trees as they left the park, and if they hit anyone, it was an accident