Police name suspect in Fargo bar shooting that injured 3

Police are searching for Brandon Roosevelt Grant, 43, who they say is armed and dangerous.

Brandon Grant

FARGO — The Fargo Police Department has identified a suspect in a weekend shooting at a downtown Fargo bar that injured three people.

Police are searching for Fargo resident Brandon Roosevelt Grant, 43, who is described as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said Monday, Feb. 22, investigators have enough probable cause to arrest Grant in connection to the early Sunday morning shooting at the Bismarck Tavern, 522 Broadway N.

"We consider him to be an armed and dangerous individual," Zibolski said during a news conference. "We certainly encourage him to turn himself into the Police Department so that we can resolve this situation safely and bring him before the criminal justice system."

Zibolski said he could release few details about what unfolded at the downtown bar, including a motive for the shooting. Police found three people with gunshot wounds in the 500 block of Broadway, the Fargo Police Department said in a statement released at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.


Dispatchers logged in an emergency medical call to the bar around 12:12 a.m. Sunday, though logs are not concrete and reflect calls as they come in.

The shots were fired in rapid succession, Zibolski said. Those injured were patrons who remain in the hospital with injuries that are significant but not life-threatening, Zibolski said.

Grant, the only suspect in the case, was previously arrested in Sargent County in September 2019 after being involved in a domestic incident that led to a SWAT response near North Dakota State University. Court documents said he was arguing with a woman who had a no-contact order against him, but he disappeared after an officer arrived.

Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski speaks at a news conference Feb. 22, 2021, regarding the Feb. 21 shooting outside the Bismarck Tavern. April Baumgarten / The Forum

Drug charges were dismissed in that case, though Grant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of violating a protection order. He was given no jail time for that incident.

Other than that, Grant's criminal record mostly consists of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and disorderly conduct.

Those with information on the shooting, including potential videos of the incident, are asked to call investigators at 701-241-1407. Tips also can be sent via text to 847411 with the keyword FARGOPD.


Zibolski warned residents to not approach Grant if they see them but to call 701-451-7660 to report his location.

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Fargo police detectives photograph a spent shell casing before bagging it as evidence. Matt Henson / WDAY

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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