Minnesota man charged after carrying pistol in pants, accidentally shooting it in Target
FRIDLEY, Minn. - A Mora, Minn., man is charged with illegal possession of a firearm after being identified as the person who lost control of the pistol in his pants Dec. 13 in a Fridley Target store.A woman told police she recognized Seth Allan M...
FRIDLEY, Minn. – A Mora, Minn., man is charged with illegal possession of a firearm after being identified as the person who lost control of the pistol in his pants Dec. 13 in a Fridley Target store.
A woman told police she recognized Seth Allan Millner, 28, in media reports on an accidental gunshot at Target, according to the criminal complaint. She said she knew him to be a felon recently released from jail and he called her after the Target incident and told her not to call police.
The woman called police and not only told them Millner’s name, but also the phone number he called from and the license plate of his Chrysler Sebring, according to the complaint.
Police in Inver Grove Heights found the severely damaged Sebring abandoned in a wooded area the day after the Target incident.
Three days after that, St. Paul police picked Millner up for driving a stolen vehicle. He also had illegal drugs and a stolen 9mm handgun, according to the complaint.
Fridley police spoke to Millner in the Ramsey County Jail and he admitted that he was the one responsible for the gunshot at Target.
“All right, it was me, it was me in the (expletive) Target,” he told an investigator, according to the complaint. “I was just walking with it, the stupid (expletive) went off, I didn’t fidget with it, it just went off.”
Surveillance video showed the gun tucked into the waistband of Millner’s pants, according to police. The gun then slipped down into his pants leg and, as he attempted to grab it, the gun went off.
No one was injured. Surveillance video showed Millner and a woman running away. Images taken from that video were shown by local media and led to the tip identifying Millner, according to Fridley police.
Millner has a November 2014 conviction in Chisago County for possession of a “machine gun or short-barreled shotgun” and is ineligible to possess a firearm.
He remains in custody in Ramsey County pending felony charges and will be transferred to Anoka County to face the firearms charge there.