A man accused of a targeted drive-by shooting in Grafton on Wednesday, Oct. 14, has been charged with attempted murder and prohibited possession of a firearm.
Juan Pablo Martinez, 30, of Grafton, is being held on $400,000 cash bond.
If convicted of the attempted murder charge, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He could face an additional five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the weapon charge.
According to court documents, officers were dispatched to the Walsh County Law Enforcement Center just before 10:30 a.m. for a report of shots fired. Officers found the 31-year-old victim, who reported the crime, in the courthouse parking lot. The victim is unidentified in court documents.
Officers found two bullet holes in the windows of the vehicle belonging to the victim, documents stated.
The victim told investigators that he is romantically involved with the suspect's girlfriend. On Wednesday, he met her at the Grafton Cenex-Zip Trip at 1111 W. 12th St. to help her put air in one of her vehicle tires. That's when Martinez allegedly fired into the vehicle where the victim was sitting, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit noted that the victim was "very apparently afraid as he relayed to officers at the LEC the incident."
Police Chief Anthony Dumas and Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens responded to the Cenex-Zip Trip to investigate, where they found one spent casing from what appeared to be a medium-sized handgun. The officers reviewed Cenex-Zip Trip surveillance footage, which confirmed what the victim had told law enforcement, according to the affidavit.
Martinez remained at large for several hours before law enforcement located him at 50 E. Division St. in the laundry area. He was taken into custody without incident, the affidavit stated. Martinez also told law enforcement where he threw the firearm, and it was recovered in that location, documents said.
On June 25, Martinez pleaded guilty to a felony counterfeiting charge in Walsh County and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. As part of his probation, it is a felony for him to be in possession of a firearm.