Charges: Mistaken identity suspected in gunfire that killed 2 in S. Mpls.

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 5, 2013 - 6:59 PM

A Farmington man was charged Tuesday with murder in a Minneapolis shooting that left two men dead.

 

A Farmington man was charged Tuesday with being one of two men who sprayed a car with gunfire in a south Minneapolis alley, killing two men and wounding two women in what police believe may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Dijon C. Sanders, 22, was charged with second-degree intentional murder in the deaths De’Von L. Burt, 18, and Keondray Q. Wilson, 20, both of Minneapolis. Sanders also was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Sanders, who turned himself in over the weekend, remains jailed in lieu of $5 million bail pending a court appearance Wednesday. His criminal history in Minnesota includes convictions for robbery, drug possession, burglary, assault and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

Witnesses saw two men running through the alley in the 2600 block of 18th Avenue S. about 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. Later, a witness told police that the suspects may have been Fat Man Scoop, an alias for Sanders, and a man known as Nutty.

The witness also told police the shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity. Sanders and the other man intended to shoot someone else, who looks like Wilson.

Burt was behind the wheel, and Wilson was in the seat behind him. According to the surviving passengers, the four had gone out to eat together, shopped in shopping in Uptown and had pulled into the alley. They were in the car when the two men approached and fired 33 shots.

The person known as Nutty has yet to be jailed or charged in this case, and authorities declined to reveal his identity.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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