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Emily Welker, Published March 08 2013

Moorhead police seek man suspected of shooting rifle in alleged drug heist

MOORHEAD – Police were still searching Friday for the suspected gunman in a south Moorhead shooting authorities think was a drug heist gone wrong.

The Wednesday shooting at 1107 17th St. S. prompted Clay County prosecutors to file an attempted murder charge Friday against the alleged gunman, 25-year-old Samuel “Philly” Bullock Jr., and charges of aiding and abetting attempted murder against two other men arrested Thursday.

Lt. Brad Penas said Bullock is believed to be in the Fargo-Moorhead area and is considered armed and dangerous.

“People should use precautions if they come across him,” Penas said. “Don’t do anything silly.”

Penas said he believed Bullock was likely in the area because Bullock is a longtime F-M resident and has a number of family members in the area.

“Obviously somebody’s helping him out or housing him,” he said.

Penas said he did not think the general public was at risk, and no weapons suspected to have been used in the shooting had been recovered by Friday.

According to court documents, police think the shooting was a targeted attempt to rob a suspected drug dealer.

Court documents filed against Bullock state one of the men in custody in connection with the shooting, Michael Crittenden, 23, of Moorhead, told police Bullock shot Anthony Sands in the stomach with a rifle at Sands’ Moorhead home after saying he was going to take Sands’ cash and drugs.

Police claim they recovered $11,000 in cash and 2.2 pounds of marijuana from the home of Sands, 23, a former Minnesota State University Moorhead football player who was one of a dozen people who pleaded guilty in 2010 to participating in a large-scale theft ring at Fargo’s Best Buy.

Sands was hospitalized at Sanford Health with gunshot wounds to the stomach and arm. His condition was unknown Friday. Hospital officials weren’t authorized to release any information about his condition. Penas said police will likely consider drug charges against Sands, but it isn’t an immediate priority.

“The victim has a lot more than that to worry about right now,” he said.

Bullock is charged in Clay County District Court with six felonies in connection with the shooting, including attempted murder, aiding and abetting attempted murder, robbery-related charges and fifth-degree conspiracy to sell drugs. The attempted murder charge carries the potential for a life prison term upon conviction.

Crittenden and a Fargo man, Tyshawn Lanier Darden, 19, were charged Friday in Clay County District Court with aiding and abetting attempted murder, along with robbery-related charges and conspiracy to sell drugs. The aiding and abetting attempted murder charge could bring a life term in prison upon conviction.

According to court documents, Crittenden told police that Sands was his regular marijuana supplier, and that he had brought Bullock to Sands’ home in order to buy marijuana for him and Darden. He told police he didn’t know Bullock was going to rob Sands.

Darden told police there was no prior arrangement to rob Sands, but that Bullock owned several guns, court records state.

Moorhead police ask anyone with information on where Bullock is to call them at (701) 451-7660.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541