Mother of Dinkytown Shooting Victim: 'Why Would You Take Him from Us?'

January 07, 2018 10:12 PM

Twenty-three-year-old DeSean Daggs left his family home in Eden Prairie Saturday night to hang out with friends in Minneapolis.  

That was the last time his grandfather, Erik Daggs talked with him.


"When he left here, it was just another day," he said. "Everything was fine."

RELATED: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded after Shooting in Minneapolis' Dinkytown Neighborhood

Within a matter of hours, DeSean Daggs was dead, another man was injured and a shooter was on the run.

Minneapolis police received a 911 report of shots fired about 2:30 Sunday morning at a home on the 500 block of 12th Avenue Southeast in Dinkytown. 

There had been a house party at the residence, and Daggs was found in the front yard with a gunshot wound. A second victim turned up later at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said. 

"It is believed that both individuals were shot by the same man wielding the same gun," police spokesman John Elder said. The name of the second victim isn't being released for safety reasons, but authorities said he is expected to survive. 

On Sunday, investigators spoke with witnesses and anybody who attended the party or was near the scene in an effort to get a lead on the shooter's identity and a motive.

"I couldn't believe it, I just couldn't believe it," said Daggs' grandmother Tondra.

DeSean Daggs was the oldest of six children. His mother, Amber, said he enjoyed mixing music and was computer savvy. He recently left school at Hennepin Technical College to stay home and help take care of a paralyzed brother. 

The life of DeSean, or "Shawny Mac" as his family called him, was worth more than all the guns and grudges in the world, his family says. "He was part of this family, we loved him," said Amber Daggs, speaking to whomever pulled the trigger. "Why would you take him from us? Turn yourself in." 

As of Sunday night, the shooter hadn't been arrested, and police continued to run down leads and put together a description. They are asking for the public's help. If you have information that could be helpful, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. All tips are anonymous, and information leading to an arrest could mean a reward.


Beth McDonough

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