A Red Lake man who was shot multiple times in 2000 during a dispute over a bicycle died as a result of those wounds 15 years later, leading the Hennepin County medical examiner to rule his death a homicide.
Sheldon Mason, who died April 13 at the Hennepin County Medical Center at age 40, was shot three to five times on Oct. 1, 2000, in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood. The argument about a bicycle began at a SuperAmerica store and moved to a nearby house on the 2500 block of 15th Avenue S., where a total of 33 shots were fired, according to Star Tribune reports at the time.
One of Mason’s legs had to be amputated as a result of his injuries.
Mason was a certified roofer and carpenter, who worked as a blackjack dealer for the Red Lake and Mystic Lake casinos, according to his obituary. He also started a construction company called Mason Inc., which he worked for until his accident.
Shaun L. Kihega was convicted in 2001 of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and crime for benefit of a gang in connection with the shootout.
Curtis R. Dionne, who was shot in the arm, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was stayed in exchange for one year in the Hennepin County jail and probation.
Mason also fired shots but was never charged, according to the criminal complaint.
The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating the case. It remains unclear whether Kihega and Dionne — who were 23 and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of the crime — will receive additional charges in light of Mason’s death.