UPDATE: Fargo shooting suspect charged in another shooting in Moorhead

Braden Poitra, 21
Braden Poitra, 21(Clay County Jail)
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 6:38 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 11:10 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A man police say is responsible for firing a gun early Saturday morning is now in custody.

21-year-old Braden Poitra was arrested Aug. 9 just before 1:00 p.m. in Dilworth and later booked into the Clay County Jail on an attempted murder charge after Fargo police say he pulled the trigger and shot a man in the arm on August 6 in the 3300 block of 35th Ave. S. The reason for the shooting is still unknown.

Charges have yet to be filed in that case in Cass County. New charges have been filed against Poitra in Clay County accusing him of a Moorhead gas station drive-by shooting a few days prior to pulling the trigger in Fargo.

New documents state Poitra is charged with a felony count of dangerous weapons used in a drive by shooting, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Moorhead Police were called to the Holiday gas station in the 1500 block of 11th St. N. on Aug. 2 for an assault with a firearm. Two witnesses told officers they watches as a vehicle pulled up to the pumps and shortly after, another vehicle pulled up next to the first vehicle. Both witnesses say they saw two men get out of the second car, approach the first vehicle, and one of the men brandished a firearm. The car started to drive away and documents say the man, later identified by police as Poitra, aimed the pistol towards the vehicle and shot.

Detectives later found a .40 caliber casing on the ground near the gas pumps.

When officers later spoke with the victims inside of the car, one victim admitted Poitra had provided the victim with drugs, but the victim had not paid for them. The victim stated Poitra had sent text messages stating he needed to pay for the drugs or victim would get hurt.

The second man police say was involved is 27-year-old Devin Ludwig who is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting an offender, as well as possession of a firearm by a felon.

Poitra is a convicted felon out of Minnesota, after court documents state he was convicted of first-degree aggravated robbery in 2020. Documents say Poitra held a taxi cab driver at gunpoint in Dilworth and demanded the driver hand over all of his cash. Poitra was sentenced to just under four years in prison and was banned from ever possessing a firearm again.

Poitra is also a convicted felon for a laundry list of offenses including a 2018 burglary. He was on probation at the time of the crime and banned from ever possessing firearms.

Fargo Police are still investigating two other shootings from the weekend, as well as a shots fired report which was called in Monday evening.

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