MINOT, N.D. – Investigators believe a recent Minot homicide is gang-related and gang members from Florida could be coming to North Dakota to retaliate, court records say.
Minot police have issued an arrest warrant for Johnny Cleveland Norwood Jr., 25, who is charged with murder, a Class AA felony, in connection with the shooting death of 30-year-old Roger Falana.
Court documents filed in the case say Norwood, also known as Longbeach, has been tied to a gang from California and Falana was tied to a gang from Florida.
While investigating Sunday’s shooting, Minot police received a tip from a West Palm Beach, Fla., investigator that associates of Falana were on their way to Minot to retaliate, court records say.
Minot police also learned from Florida law enforcement that the gang is associated with a high level of violence, and one investigator advised that there would be a “s--- storm,” documents state.
Investigators are looking into whether Norwood and his associates are tied to gangs from Bakersfield, Calif., which have been identified as being responsible for a shooting in Minot in July 2013, court records say.
Minot police responded to reports of gunshots after 3 a.m. Sunday in an alley near South Broadway. Officers found two victims, Falana, who was pronounced dead at the hospital, and a 43-year-old woman who was taken to Trinity Hospital for her gunshot wounds.
Norwood also is charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony, for allegedly firing a gun at the woman, and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, for allegedly firing a gun in an area where people were gathered.
Minot Police Capt. John Klug said officers are looking for Norwood, but have heard he may have left town. Police also are investigating whether there are others involved, Klug said.
Court records filed in North Central Judicial District Court say witnesses reported multiple shooters, and evidence shows that at least two different caliber guns were used.
The shooting occurred near the clubhouse for the Ice Club Ryders, a Minot motorcycle club. Klug said members of the club have not been directly linked to the incident.
The Minot Police Department is asking people with information to call police at (701) 852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at (701) 852-7463. Information leading to the arrest of Norwood is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Minot police also arrested five other individuals while investigating the shooting. Police arrested Jhamarius Johnson, 24, and James Westpoint, 32, on charges of possessing drugs with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class AA felony.
Police also arrested three others at the crime scene for crossing police tape and hindering law enforcement.