Charging documents were filed Monday against a 26-year-old Minneapolis man investigators claim shot and killed a man near a Super 8 hotel in Brooklyn Center on Thursday.
Officers were called to the hotel, located at 6445 James Circle North, at 3:38 a.m. on Thursday morning after the front desk clerk called police to say a man had been shot and was bleeding.
According to the criminal complaint, the clerk found the victim after he heard loud banging on one of the doors at the hotel's south entrance and again at another entry door shortly thereafter. When the clerk got to the door, he found the victim on the ground and called 911.
Responding officers also contacted the front desk clerk at the Days Inn nearby. That employee told investigators he heard three to four gunshots in the parking lot near the northeast corner of the building. When he went to investigate, the Days Inn clerk saw five people running and entering room #133.
Investigators traced the occupants of the room to two people who reported meeting some men earlier that week and again the night of the shooting, including Antonio Xavier Daniels.
One of the occupants told police Daniels and his brother had been kicked out of their hotel room, and said he took pity on them and gave them money to get a new room. The group then went to Denny's but they got into a confrontation when they were returning.
The witness told police several punches were exchanged and he heard at least two gun shots, identifying Daniels as the shooter.
Earlier in the week, Daniels had been seen with a small, pocket-sized revolver, according to the criminal complaint.
One of the women in the Days Inn hotel room told police she was asleep when the occupants who had gone to Denny's woke her and said they needed to leave because of the fight and shooting. As they fled, the woman told police she heard Daniels say, "I threw the gun. I'm going back to get it."
A third witness who had arrived to pick up the shooting victim saw the group flee and went into the hotel to find the man bleeding profusely. That man told police the victim had called because people were "talking crazy" as though they wanted to "rob" him.
A fourth man who saw the shooting after he heard yelling in the parking lot told police he watched Daniels point the gun, shoot and then pick up shell casings.
Officers recovered a .22-caliber revolver behind a garbage can at the scene near where the witness said he saw Daniels pick up the shell casings.
Daniels remains in custody.