UTICA — A Utica man was arrested Sunday night after opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle and attacking a vehicle that was parked outside his house, leaving the driver with non-life-threatening injuries.
Justin Lee Hahn, 31, was referred on charges of second-degree assault for his one-man rampage, which began around 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Burt Road and Sandstone Drive.
According to the Winona County Sheriff’s Office:
Hahn was home alone when a woman — who either lived there or had previously lived there, deputies said — tried and failed to enter.
A car soon pulled into the driveway, and the woman, identified as a 34-year-old resident of Chatfield, got inside. The driver and passenger knew the woman, deputies said, and had come to check on her.
Seeing the group outside, Hahn appeared in a second-story window and began firing what witnesses described as an AK-47-style rifle.
Hahn, who later admitted to wielding the gun, told authorities they were “warning shots.” None of the bullets struck the car or its occupants.
Soon, Hahn left the window and headed for the vehicle, carrying the rifle and an unknown number of other guns.
He fired a few more shots, witnesses said, and then used one of the guns to crack the windshield and smash the front driver-side window.
Hahn then pointed a handgun at the driver, identified as a 32-year-old woman from Elgin, and she attempted to speed away, careening into the ditch. The group fled on foot.
The first woman, who had tried to enter the house, ran to the home of a friend. It took three hours and numerous sweeps of the countryside for authorities to find her.
The car’s other passenger, a 40-year-old man from Dover, helped drag the driver to safety in a nearby cornfield. Then he ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Hahn, in an interview with authorities, said he was protecting his home from a potential break-in. He was swiftly taken to Winona County Jail, however, where he would have been greeted by a familiar face.
Hahn’s older brother, Jamie Lee Hahn, had been arrested for domestic assault 24 hours earlier.
The younger Hahn, who did not have much of a criminal history, according to the Sheriff’s Office, is expected in court on Tuesday.
The three occupants of the vehicle, meanwhile, escaped the shooting nearly unscathed.
Only the driver sustained visible injuries: somewhat minor cuts to the face, the result of Hahn shattering the window. She declined a ride to the hospital.