Man Kills His Sister, Allegedly Firing More Than 100 Rounds in Family Chanhassen Home

Rebelander Basilan
May 16, 2021
08:00 P.M.

Joseph Thomas Ness reportedly fired hundreds of rounds from AR-15s and AK-47s inside their home, killing his sister. He was charged with second-degree murder.


On May 8, Deputies in Carver County were notified of a fire alarm in the 3700 block of Landings Drive in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at about 2:20 p.m. Soon after, dispatch was notified of a shooting at home.

It was the mother who made the first call, according to the complaint. She said her daughter had been shot and killed by her son, so she ran to the house of her neighbor for help.

"Crime Scene Do Not Cross" signage. | Photo: Pexels

"Crime Scene Do Not Cross" signage. | Photo: Pexels

The deputy who visited that neighbor's house learned that her son shot her daughter and that several weapons were in the house. The mother also said she wasn't sure if her son had already left the house.

Another neighbor called 911 at around 3 p.m. when the suspect walked onto her property and asked her to call the police because he just killed his sister and wanted to surrender peacefully.


Minutes later, Ness was taken into custody at the same address. The complaint claimed deputies discovered hundreds of spent rifle casings, bullet holes in walls, and windows damaged by gunfire.

Suzanne Morphew, whose body has not been found, was reported missing on May 10, 2020.


Investigators noted that they believed Ness shot into his sister's bedroom from his room. More bullet casings were found near the victim's bed, suggesting another shot was fired from closer range.

In related news, Barry Morphew, Suzanne Morphew's husband, was recently arrested on first-degree murder, attempted influence of a public servant, and tampering with physical evidence charges.

The sister of Suzanne Morphew told ABC News that she had forgiven her brother-in-law even before his arrest. She argued that bitterness destroys people, which is why she prays for him.


Suzanne Morphew, whose body has not been found, was reported missing on May 10, 2020. She had reportedly gone for a bike ride and never returned, according to the sheriff's office.

Meanwhile, a recent news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that authorities are currently searching for five individuals connected with the death of Rossana Delgado.

Delgado was last seen in an Atlanta mall about 120 miles away where her body was found. Her autopsy results and the cause of her death have not yet been released by the authorities.

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