Victim of Crave rooftop shooting charged in earlier shootout

Victim of Crave rooftop shooting charged in earlier shootout Photo: Hennepin County

Updated: July 20, 2019 08:25 AM

A Minneapolis man who was the victim of a downtown shooting Saturday has been charged in an earlier shootout.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Friday that Demilo Martin, 28, was charged with being a felon in possession after a gunfight on June 15 in which at least 50 shots were followed.


Martin was one of two people who suffered non-critical injuries in the July 13 shooting at Crave American Kitchen and Sushi Bar, the attorney's office said.

"Mr. Martin is well-known to police," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. "They did a fine job investigating the case and if we are successful in prosecuting him, he should be sentenced to a mandatory five years in prison. In the meantime, Minneapolis police can continue investigating him for other violent crimes as well as identify a suspect in the restaurant shooting."

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A criminal complaint states police recovered 51 discharged cartridge casings and identified bullet holes in several vehicles and buildings after a shootout on 2303 Kennedy Street NE just before 5 a.m. on June 15.

Surveillance video from the incident showed Martin approaching the building and removing a black, semi-automatic pistol from a pocket, then entering the building. The attorney's office said police also know Martin to be a member of the Young N' Thuggin' street gang, and has been involved in or witness to several gang-related shootings.

Authorities said Martin admitted he was the person in the photo and that he had a gun when entering the building.

The attorney's office said Martin has two prior convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and has been prohibited from possessing a gun since a juvenile adjudication in 2005 for criminal sexual conduct, the complaint states.

He's expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

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