blog post by John Hoff
Click here for the criminal complaint, copies of which were sent to all local media outlets--from the tall to the small--by the Hennepin County prosecutor's office. Many stories have already been written by much bigger media, but let's see what exclusive crumbs are left over for a blogger...
First of all, it looks like the prosecutor managed to straighten out the alleged shooter's home address, something which didn't happen on the jail roster. Joseph Smith, who had a one year gun crime sentence hanging over his head at the time of this murder, reportedly resides at 3315 53rd Ave. N. in Brooklyn Center.
I could write about a subtle shift I'm seeing in CRIMINALS, if not actual CRIME, away from North Minneapolis toward "the two Brooklyns" (Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center) but with so much murder to cover right now (and it's NEW murder that's happened since my last blogging session!) I have to prioritize. Look for the pattern. I tell you, it's subtle but it's THERE.
So Cabrie Young, on probation but just as free as Joseph Lee Smith to join the wild and violent drinking party, was reportedly helping the victim of a fight when Young was fatally shot. The fight happened at 3442 Dupont Ave. N. and how excited this blog was to see major media using the specific street address, click here for an example.
(Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Minnesota CBS local! Flatter me some more, and start naming the landlords)
So according to the complaint, this wasn't even the first instance of a drunken fight between the two individuals involved. Me, I'd stop inviting those two to the same drinking party.
Meh. (Shrugging motion)
Joseph Lee Smith didn't escape unscathed, however. When police found him, walking not far away, he was shot in the buttocks and lower right leg. Smith tried to tell a cockamamie story (allegedly) about hearing fireworks and then, OH!!! He was oh-so-mysteriously shot!!! (Had he dialed 911 while walking around SHOT like that? No mention of it in the complaint!)
Smith denied everything to officers, including even KNOWING the people at the party.
Police aren't buying it and neither are prosecutors. Smith is charged with second degree murder.
As for that address where the shooting happened, 3442 Dupont Ave. N. was a boarded up building in 2006 when a dutiful postal worker made a report about the boards being ripped off the front door, a report that later appeared on the Fourth Precinct Task Force Website.
|Address||3442 DUPONT AVE N||Mr. Wilson came into office and indicated that the house had board off front door and it was open. Also that a side window (north side of house) in the back also had the board taken off of it. He indicated the house has been vacant/boarded for at least 1 and 1/2 years since he started delivering in this area on a temp basis. Sector Lt. sending someone out today to check on it per Ron McConnel.|
|Market Status||Not on Market|
A business called "Thomas and Barber Waste and Salvage Removal" has been listed at the address by online listing.
And ANOTHER shooting was reported at that address in August of 2009, once again archived on the Fourth Precinct Task Force website, as follows:
SHOOTING- NO TISH at 3442 DUPONT AVE N
|Address||3442 DUPONT AVE N||Calls for service indicated shooting 8.12.09 6:40:23pm CCN 09-0253509 disposition: ADV-Advised.|
|Market Status||Not on Market|
The property is currently a rental, with the owner listed as Paul Freitag and the taxpayers listed as the same Paul Freitag and Kimberly Freitag of 16325 Hudson Ave. in Lakeville, MN.
As usual, the City of Minneapolis property website is lacking in recent valuation information to show how much was paid for the building in the last sale though old sales from the 80s are listed.
Interestingly, as late as 2012 the rental property contact was Faisal S. Moghul, almost certainly connected to the property empire of the notorious landlord Bashir Moghul. This shooting at this property feels like the long, negative "shadow of Bashir."