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Arrested in Keelboat Park shooting linked to gang activity


BISMARCK, ND (AP) – A man whose car was hit by multiple bullets in Keelboat Park told Bismarck Police that the gunman (s) attempted to kill him in retaliation because he no longer wanted to be a part of their gang.

One of the suspects, Deanthony Claiborne, 19, of Bismarck, was arrested on Thursday. Authorities are still looking for a second suspect who is believed to be out of state.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Claiborne is charged with attempted murder, terrorism and reckless endangerment, court documents show. A lawyer is not listed for him.

The man whose car was set on fire told police that a third person, whom he could not identify, also exited a vehicle which approached his in the evening November 15. It is not clear whether the third suspect fired or had a gun, according to a police affidavit.

The suspects had told the man about a month earlier that “it’s on sight” meaning they would shoot him on sight, the affidavit states.

Police discovered several bullet holes in the man’s car. Used ammunition casings and fragments of two calibers were found at the scene. No one was injured in the incident. The affidavit did not specify how the man escaped the injuries.