The 22-year-old Overland Park man accused of firing a gun into a crowd of people outside a bar near the Kansas University campus has a history of threatening people with a weapon.
Joseph A. Muhammad, who was arrested Thursday by Lawrence police, was on probation at the time of the triple shooting after being convicted of a similar incident at a 2007 New Year’s Eve party in Olathe.
A Johnson County prosecutor said Muhammad was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and, as part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped three other counts of aggravated assault he was facing.
There was already a motion pending to revoke Muhammad’s probation, Johnson County court records show.
Now he faces additional charges in Douglas County. During Muhammad’s first appearance Friday afternoon in Douglas County District Court, he was charged with three counts of aggravated battery.
The charges stem from a shooting just before 2 a.m. Thursday near 14th and Ohio streets.
Surveillance video obtained by 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World, shows a dark-colored passenger vehicle paused at the intersection, where the suspect leaned out of the passenger window and fired multiple shots at a group of people standing near the intersection.
A 22-year-old KU student and a 21-year-old University of Chicago student, who was visiting Lawrence, each received two gunshot wounds and were transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.
Police said a 19-year-old KU student was also grazed by a bullet in the incident.
During Friday’s court hearing, prosecutors called Muhammad a flight risk and a danger to the public. They told the judge that in addition to the conviction in Johnson County, Muhammad also has previous convictions for having an open container and possessing drug paraphernalia. He also has a pending DUI case in Douglas County.
The judge kept his bond at $250,000 and ordered Muhammad to appear in court Wednesday with his attorney.