MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A man has been charged with murder in connection with a Minneapolis apartment shooting that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured earlier this month. The shooting was entirely filmed.
Deaje Anthony Mayfield, 19, of Flint, Michigan, was charged by warrant Friday, April 22, in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
Authorities allege a camera in the apartment captured the April 6 incident in which Mayfield fatally shot and killed Nate Dwight Banks, 34, of Detroit Lakes, then shot and seriously injured a woman.
Mayfield has not yet been arrested and an arrest warrant has been issued for him. Police believe he could return to Flint, Michigan, where there is an open criminal case against him, calling him a flight risk and a risk to public safety, according to court documents.
According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police responded to a studio at 2417 17th Avenue South at 8:33 p.m. on April 6, where they found Banks on the ground with gunshot wounds to the head and body. The paramedics pronounced him dead.
Police also found a woman, identified in the criminal complaint only as TLB, who had gunshot wounds to her head and neck. She was taken to hospital, where she is in critical condition, according to the charges.
A camera in the apartment had recorded the shooting, according to the charges. Police found footage of alleged drug-related activity, including a man, identified as Person A in the complaint, selling drugs, and several people coming and going in the day before the shooting.
The camera captured Banks and TLB arriving at the apartment around 8:22 p.m. on April 6, the charges said. The video showed Banks having a conversation with Person A, and after a few minutes of “heated conversation”, a man later identified as Mayfield walked up behind Banks and shot him, knocking Banks backwards. Mayfield then approached Banks and shot him “several times”.
The video then showed TLB, who was in the kitchen when Banks was shot, running for the door and Mayfield following him, according to the complaint. TLB then returned to the kitchen and appeared to crouch in the corner before Mayfield shot him multiple times.
Mayfield and Person A appeared to have searched Banks’ pockets before leaving, charges allege.
Police identified Mayfield after speaking to a witness who was also seen on video footage. The witness said that three days before the shooting, Person A came to the apartment with “Paco”, according to the charges. Police searched Facebook for people named Paco, eventually linking Paco’s Facebook account to Mayfield.