Charges: Shotgun-toting suspect kills robbery victim who was 'moving too slow'


A Minneapolis man being robbed at gunpoint was shot in the chest and killed after one of the suspects thought he was moving too slow, according to charges filed Monday.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says the victim, 52-year-old James Salter, was at Lake Street and 5th Avenue South around 5 a.m. last Thursday when the three suspects approached him. One of them had a shotgun.

The trio, according to the charges, were initially going to rob someone that had "crossed" two of them before. They couldn't find that man, and here's what the attorney's office says happened next:

"After failing to find that man, the trio happened upon Salter and decided to rob him. Moore got out of the car with a shotgun, told Salter to hand over all his money. He shot him because Salter was moving too slow, according to the complaint."

Salter died of a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Minneapolis police said.

The three suspects, all charged with second-degree murder, are:

They will be in court Tuesday, the attorney's office says.

The Minneapolis Police Department says there have been 17 homicides in the city in 2016.

Next Up

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.


What health officials know, don't know about Brazil P.1 variant

Minnesota health officials confirmed the first case of the P.1 variant in the U.S.

christopher and banks

Christopher & Banks closing stores for good, laying off 361 people at Plymouth facility

The layoffs began earlier this month and will continue through March.

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 8.56.43 AM

Tributes, donations after death of popular South High School teacher

The fundraiser had raised more than $9,000 of its $15,000 as of Tuesday.


Sister of slain robbery suspect charged

Police arrested the sister of a man who was shot and killed by a bystander in south Minneapolis after allegedly robbing a woman Thursday. Police say Octavia Shonte Marberry was likely with her brother, Darren Evanovich, before he was killed. She may face charges.

Sister of slain robbery suspect charged

Octavia Shonte Marberry was charged Friday with two felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. Police say Marberry was likely with her brother when he was shot and killed by a bystander in south Minneapolis after allegedly robbing a woman