Moorhead Hornbacher's shooting suspect sentenced
The man accused of a Moorhead shooting outside of Hornbacher's in December 2018 will spend the next 11 years behind bars.
24-year-old Kevin Demetri Blocker of New Brighton, MN was originally facing a laundry list of charges including two counts of first degree attempted murder. However, seven of those charges have since been dismissed.
Blocker has been convicted on one county of second degree assault and another count of shooting towards a person. Court documents say he will spend the next 11 years in a St. Cloud prison with credit for 430 days already served.
Court documents say Moorhead Police were dispatched to the south Moorhead Hornbacher's on Dec. 2 for reports of a gunshot.
When police arrived on the scene, a female told officers that somebody had shot her car window out. A male juvenile, who was a passenger in the car, lifted up his shirt and told officers he had been shot in the abdomen.
The two victims told officers that while in the grocery store parking lot, a black male pulled up next to their vehicle. The female victim stated that the male suspect had a pistol in the front area of his pants.
When asked what the suspect was doing, the woman says the man walked up to her car and pointed his gun at her car. She says the suspect fired a round into the car before she could drive away.
The juvenile who was shot in the car told police that as the gunman walked up to the vehicle pointing his gun, he demanded that the passengers give them "his s***."
The juvenile said a struggle for the gun ensued and the assailant stepped back and fired into the car.
The male victim told police that the shooter was trying to steal marijuana from him. He also told investigators that he regretted not handing it over, as it may have prevented him from being shot.
One witness told police said they had set up the marijuana deal on social media.
A search warrant was executed the following day at a Moorhead home where Blocker had been staying. There, officers found a pistol hidden in a bedroom wall.
Court documents go on to say that a bullet was also later found lodged in a seat belt in the car that was shot at, as well as some dried blood.