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Texas man faces felony charges for drive-by shooting in Renville, Minn.

OLIVIA -- Javier Eliserio Barajas Jr., 35, of Mission, Texas, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six felony assault and weapons charges for allegedly shooting a handgun at a house and three people early Sunday morning.

Barajas faces three counts of second-degree assault, two charges of dangerous weapon - drive-by shooting and one charge of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a felon. His next appearance in Renville County District Court is June 29.

Unconditional bail was set at $300,000 in the case.

According to the complaint, Barajas was a passenger in a vehicle that around 3 a.m. Sunday paused along the 400 block of Fourth Street Southeast in Renville. Three people, those who were shot at, identified Barajas as the man who got out of the vehicle, shot a .40-caliber handgun at them and then got back into the vehicle, which sped away.

Five spent shell casings were gathered by officers. Along with giving statements to investigators, the witnesses directed officers to a home where Barajas was staying and he was arrested.

A search warrant was later executed on the residence and 89 additional rounds of .40-caliber ammunition, the same Winchester brand as found at the scene, were located.

Barajas has a federal conviction in 2000 in Texas for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, which is considered a crime of violence.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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