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Shooting incident has 2 men facing slew of charges

BENSON -- Two Benson men made their first court appearances Monday on drive-by shooting and assault charges for allegedly shooting up a rural Benson man's home and attempting to run him over late Friday night.

Charles Elmer Hoberg, 39, and David Gonzalez, 19, are both charged with felonies for drive-by shooting toward a motor vehicle or building and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Gonzalez also faces gross misdemeanor driving while impaired and open bottle charges. A third man was taken into custody after the incident, but was not charged.

The incident remains under investigation by the Swift County sheriff, according to Harry Hohman, assistant county attorney. Both men make their next court appearance on Aug. 7.

According to the complaint, around 11:49 p.m. Friday, a sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a report that there were gunshots fired and cars chasing each other in the Swift Falls area.

At 12:03 a.m., a 911 call was received from a rural Benson address and a man reported he had fired on a car after almost being struck by the vehicle.

The man also reported he had an altercation with Hoberg earlier that day and had sprayed Hoberg with mace. The man, Hoberg and several others had been at the Swift Falls Bar and left. The man reported he was pulling into his driveway, saw headlights coming and a white car accelerating toward him. The car sideswiped his vehicle and he had to jump behind it to avoid being hit. He said he saw a person in the back turning around in the back seat and believed he saw a weapon.

The man, who is licensed to carry a firearm, fired a handgun four times at the vehicle. He then went to the house and found numerous bullet holes in the home, which were not there earlier in the evening.

The white car was stopped a short time later in Benson. Gonzalez was identified as the driver and Hoberg as a rear seat passenger, and the officer observed two rifles in the back seat. The front seat passenger was not charged in the incident.

During a police interview, Gonzalez said he and the other man were at the bar, were picked up by Hoberg, but later left after Hoberg argued with a woman. Gonzalez claimed a pickup followed them flashing its lights and when they pulled off on a gravel road, another truck was waiting and a guy with a gun shot at them. That's when Hoberg shot out of the vehicle, Gonzalez allegedly said.