A 29-year-old Superior man who was shot in the head late Wednesday during a dispute over a vehicle sale initially didn’t know he had been wounded, according to court documents.
Meanwhile, authorities on Friday were searching for the suspect, a 24-year-old Duluth man who was considered armed and dangerous.
An arrest warrant was issued for Edward Isaiah Austin on a charge of first-degree attempted homicide, the Superior Police Department reported Friday. Austin is suspected of shooting the victim in the forehead at a house in the Billings Park neighborhood over the $400 sale of a vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
The victim, who hasn’t been identified by police, survived the shooting and told responding officers that he felt OK, but had a headache, according to the complaint.
Austin is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and 154 pounds; he was known to be in the Twin Ports as of Thursday. He has been known to drive a maroon 2002 Dodge Caravan with Minnesota plate 952-MTV. Authorities said he also is suspected of stealing a silver 2013 Nissan Rogue with Minnesota plate 729-PHC from Superior.
Police said Austin should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911.
According to the criminal complaint:
Officers responded to a report of an incident involving a gun at 11:42 p.m. Wednesday on the 3400 block of Belknap Street. The victim, who had a lot of blood on his face, told police that he had been assaulted and officers observed “a distinct circular wound” on the victim’s forehead on his left eyebrow. The victim also had a “strange” gash on the back of his head that officers initially thought was from falling backward after being struck.
The victim said he became acquainted with Austin when he sold him a car for $400 via Craigslist. Austin didn’t follow through with payment for the vehicle and the victim located the car in Duluth. He removed the battery and license plates from it and then retrieved the vehicle a few hours later. The victim said Austin threatened to kill his ex-wife and children if he took the vehicle back.
The victim said he went to let his dog outside earlier in the night on Wednesday and Austin was there. Austin told the victim, “Remember me? You thought I was kidding.” The victim said he believed Austin struck him in the head, but didn’t know with what. Austin then walked into the victim’s house, pointed a handgun at him and fired the gun. The victim said he thought Austin had missed him when shooting the gun and he retreated further into the house to get away from Austin.
The detective assigned to the case was reviewing the photos of the victim’s wound. The wound reminded the detective of a TV program he saw in which a person was shot in the head with a small-caliber handgun and the bullet went under the scalp and exited out the back of the head.
The detective informed the victim that he might have been shot and the victim replied that “other than having a headache and being angry, he felt OK. He said he had bled a lot.”
Emergency room staff performed a scan that confirmed the victim had been shot, but were unable to locate an exit wound or the bullet.