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Grand Forks man who shot another man during basketball game claims he acted in self-defense – InForum

GRAND FORKS – A Grand Forks man accused of shooting another man on a basketball court is speaking out.

He claims he was defending his family.

The shooting occurred on Saturday evening, May 25, around 8 p.m. at the Abbott Sports Complex across from Purper Arena.

“My family is behind me,” 24-year-old Allen Little said by phone, minutes after appearing in court for the first time.

The father of three young sons moved to Grand Forks six years ago to attend barber school.

“That he is a great person. He is a wonderful boy. He did not come to Grand Forks to bring trouble or problems. He is simply here to have a better life, to become a better person and a great citizen,” said his mother, Laquita Mosley.

According to police, he shot 25-year-old Demarco Brown in the middle of a crowded basketball court. Brown was hit below the waist and is expected to recover.

Witnesses reported that a verbal argument during a spontaneous basketball game escalated into physical violence.

“The defendant first struck the offender with the pistol, then went to his vehicle, drove it to the basketball court and shot the victim. The evidence is also compelling, there are approximately 20 witnesses and the crime was recorded on video,” said Carmell Mattison, assistant district attorney for Grand Forks County.

A witness told police the fight continued after Little returned from his car.

Little has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Police say they are currently reviewing numerous video recordings to verify the allegation of self-defense.

“This is something that investigators are looking into. I think it's too early to make a statement right now,” said Lieutenant Andy Stein of the Grand Forks Police Department.

Little is charged with aggravated assault for shooting Brown and reckless endangerment for firing a gun in such a large crowd in the courtroom.

His girlfriend and her five-month-old son were with him at the time of the shooting. If convicted of aggravated assault, he faces two years in prison.

“I just felt like I had to defend myself and my family to the best of my ability at all costs,” Little said.

Little's girlfriend initially tried to drive him to the police station after the shooting, but his mother told him to return to the crime scene and turn himself in.

“God will guide me in the right direction. He will be by my side,” Little said.

Little is being held for missing $50,000 and is due back in court in July.

Matt Henson is an Emmy Award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Before joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the lead anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years.

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