3 Men Charged with Murder in Minneapolis Shooting

John Allen Davis of Minneapolis Photo: Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
John Allen Davis of Minneapolis

July 12, 2016 10:50 AM

Three men have been charged with second-degree murder after they admitted to fatally shooting a man and then going to McDonald’s together.

The shooting was reported at 4:48 a.m. Thursday, July 7, on the 3000 block of Fifth Avenue South.


Police arrived to find a man dead with a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. He was identified as 52-year-old James Jerome Salter.

Through the investigation, police identified a suspect as 50-year-old John Allen Davis of Minneapolis.

In an interview with police, Davis admitted he was driving the suspect vehicle before the shooting and that 18-year-old Mashawn Leon Moore and 21-year-old Marshawn Daevon Winston of St. Paul were inside.

Davis admitted to driving up to Salter, and he said Moore shot the victim. Moore then got back into the vehicle, and the three of them went to McDonald’s, according to the criminal complaint.

A woman who had been in the car before the shooting but was not in the car during the shooting also spoke to police. She said Davis, Moore and Winston knew Salter might have drugs on him, and they talked about committing a robbery.

The woman said she got out of the vehicle and heard a loud “boom,” according to the complaint. She said Davis later told her that they committed the murder.

In an interview with police, Winston admitted that the three of them agreed to rob a different person who had “crossed” Davis and Winston in the past. When they couldn’t find that person, they spotted Salter and decided to rob him instead.

Winston said Moore shot Salter because he was “moving too slowly,” according to the complaint.

Davis, Moore and Winston have each been charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, they each face up to 40 years in prison.


Jennie Lissarrague

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