Violent crime cases are on the rise across United States and it looks like this trend won’t end anytime soon. What comes as a more concerning fact is the rising number of innocent people being injured or killed in such cases, something that the public is probably the most worried about.
One such case took place earlier this month when a woman was shot multiple times to death after the suspect mistook her with his ex-girlfriend. The victim was in no case related with the shooter, but she ended up to be a collateral damage in the fatal shooting over mistaken identity.
According to the police report, the incident happened in the late-night hours before midnight the fatal day just outside of the Cozy Bay Resort in Minnesota. Officers were dispatched at the scene following a 911 call in regards to shots fired.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they immediately located the shooting suspect there “armed with a rifle and a handgun,” the incident report say. He was identified as the 29-year-old C. Moser and deputies were negotiating with him for more than two hours until they finally convinced him to put down the weapons and surrender. He was arrested and taken into custody.
While deputies were negotiating with the suspect, police officers were searching the shooting area and they found the dead body of the 46-year-old B. Ann who had been shot multiple times. Her body was found in the hallway of one of the resort cabins and she was pronounced dead at the scene, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The investigation showed that the suspect was looking for the daughter of the former owner of the resort where the shooting took place, later confirmed to be his ex-girlfriend, as she was his actual target. Authorities connected the dots when they realized that Moser, who owns the property across the street from the resort, was looking for his ex just a week before the shooting incident took place.
Moser didn’t like that she had overcome her drug abuse through counseling, and “he was taunting her by using [drugs] himself,” the former owner of the resort said. “He was angry because we weren’t giving him access to my daughter.”
On the night of the shooting, Moser was “mistaking (the victim) for my daughter,” he told the Star Tribune.
According to the brother of the victim, his sister and Moser’s ex-girlfriend were pretty much the same as they had similar body, height and hair color. He told the Star Tribune that “he killed the wrong person.” His siter and Moser were in no way connected, he added.
Moser has since been charged with second-degree intentional murder. He was held in jail on $1 million bail.