According to charges filed Tuesday in Carver County District Court, a Minnesota man was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his sister over the weekend in Chanhassen.
According to a criminal complaint, Joseph Thomas Ness, 21, is accused of shooting hundreds of rounds inside the home he shared with his adult girlfriend, Noelle Ness, 25, and their parents. However, the complaint, Carver County deputies were dispatched to 3732 Landings Drive around 2:20 p.m. Saturday to investigate a fire alarm. Dispatch got a call minutes later reporting a shooting at the home.
After Ness’ mother, Alyssa, fled to their house, a neighbour called to say, “Joey shot and killed Noelle,” according to the complaint.
Another neighbour called 911 around 3 p.m. to report that a man named Joseph Ness walked onto her property and said: “I need your assistance. Your assistance is needed. Please contact the police on my behalf. My sister was just murdered. I’d like to give up calmly. I do not have any guns “the complaint claims Without incident, deputies apprehended Ness. At the scene, his sister was declared dead.
Deputies entered the home and discovered hundreds of spent rifle casings, bullet holes in the walls, and several windows smashed by bullets, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, investigators suspect he fired a shot from his bedroom into his sister’s room across the hall, probably at close range. Near her bed, twelve spent rifle casings were discovered.
Authorities confiscated six rifles, including AR-15 and AK-47 models, ammunition, and high-capacity drum magazines via a subsequent search warrant, according to the lawsuit.