Williston police issue warrant for suspect in Sunday shooting

A member of the Williams County SWAT Team during the search for a suspect after a report of a shooting Sunday, May 5.

The Williston police have issued an arrest warrant for a man they say fired a gun during an argument in an apartment building Sunday, May 5.

The warrant accuses Robert View of reckless endangerment, a class C felony, and discharging a firearm within city limits, a class B misdemeanor. He had not been arrested as of Tuesday evening.

Police said a man and a woman were in the third-floor hallway of an apartment building in the 2300 block of 17th Avenue West between 3 and 3:15 p.m. on Sunday when they encountered View.

When View saw them, he pulled out a handgun, and when the man saw the gun, he punched View in the face, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court. After that, View fired a shot.

The bullet from that shot went through a wall and into the floor of an occupied apartment, but no one was hurt, charging documents state.

A woman told police that later on Sunday, she gave View a ride to a hotel and he told her that he was in trouble because he’d shot his gun to scare someone, court records indicate.

The shooting came about 48 hours after a man was shot more than a dozen times in front of Outlaws Bar and Grill. De’Jonte Smith, 23, was arrested several hours later and has been charged with attempted murder.

On Sunday, police shut down several blocks around the apartment building and asked residents to remain inside as they searched for a suspect. The Williams County SWAT Team was brought in to assist with the search, but police weren’t able to locate View.

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