Arrest in Keelboat Park shooting related to gang activity | Bismarck


A man whose car was hit by multiple bullets in Keelboat Park told Bismarck Police that the gunman or gunmen attempted to kill him in retaliation because he no longer wanted to be with their gang.

One of the suspects, Deanthony Claiborne, 19, of Bismarck, was arrested on Thursday. Authorities are still searching for a second suspect identified as Jonathan Sanchez, 18, of Williston, who is believed to be out of state.

The man whose car was set on fire told police that a third person, whom he could not identify, also exited a vehicle which approached his in the evening November 15. It is not clear whether the third suspect fired or had a gun, according to a police affidavit.

The suspects had told the man about a month earlier that “it’s on sight” meaning they would shoot him on sight, the affidavit states.

Police discovered several bullet holes in the man’s car. Used ammunition casings and fragments of two calibers were found at the scene. No one was injured in the incident. The affidavit did not specify how the man escaped the injuries.

Several witnesses in the parking lot told police they saw the second vehicle stop and two or three people exit, according to the affidavit. They heard several loud noises and saw a person holding a handgun, the document said.

Claiborne is charged with attempted murder, terrorism and reckless endangerment, court documents show. There is no lawyer for him.


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