An ex-convict from Minnesota has been charged with a firearms crime in connection with the shooting death of a man in an alley behind a bar in Superior, Wis., and the wounding of the victim's brother in the first hours of 2017.
Jamar M. Smith, 25, of Duluth, was charged in Douglas County District Court this week with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felony, and misdemeanor bail jumping. Smith was arrested in Minnesota on Jan. 4 for a probation violation and remains in the St. Louis County jail.
Although the Wisconsin criminal complaint stopped short of saying Smith killed 21-year-old Kyle Androsky, the charges cite witnesses who saw him with a gun in the alley about the time that Androsky was shot and killed.
The document made no mention of anyone else being seen with a gun.
Superior Assistant Police Chief Matt Markon said Wednesday that Smith is a "person of interest" and that the investigation continues into the shooting, which also wounded 27-year-old David Androsky.
Smith's criminal history in Minnesota includes a 2013 conviction for assault in Traverse County in far west-central Minnesota.
He was on supervised probation for that conviction at the time of the shooting.
The Androsky brothers, both from the Superior area, were shot in the alley behind the Third Base Bar early on New Year's Day.
The complaint said that Kyle Androsky was arguing with a group of men before shots were fired, but the charges offered no insight into a motive.
Kyle Androsky was found dead in the alley. David Androsky, shot in the chest, is expected to survive his wounds, police said.
Kyle Androsky, a 2013 graduate of Superior High School, worked for a landscaper for many years and more recently was a package handler for Federal Express.