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Police arrest 2 suspects in fatal shooting of Fargo food truck owner

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Kareem Lee Byrd, left, and Charles Edward Harris III, right.

FARGO — Two men were arrested in connection with the shooting death of the owner of a food truck near downtown Fargo early Friday, June 7.

Jason "Jay" Allen Halvorson, 38, of Fargo, was gunned down about 1 a.m. near his Texas Q BBQ food truck in the parking lot of the former Sahr's Sudden Service, 601 Fourth St. N., according to city police.

The two suspects arrested are Kareem Lee Byrd, 19, and Charles Edward Harris III, 30, both of Fargo, police said on Twitter. The motive for the shooting was unclear.

Byrd and Harris were in the Cass County Jail on Friday night, being held on suspicion of intentional murder, a Class AA felony. They will likely be formally charged on Monday, June 10, a county prosecutor said.

Tim Jones, who lives near the former service station where the shooting happened, was walking his dog about 1 a.m. Friday when he encountered two men walking toward him on the sidewalk.


Jones said the men muttered a greeting as they passed by him and moments later he heard about eight gunshots.

He said as he looked toward the parking lot of the former service station, he saw a man run a few steps before falling to his hands and knees while calling: "Help me! Help me!"

Jones said the two men, who moments earlier had passed him on the sidewalk, ran away as he moved toward the victim, who by then was lying face down on the ground.

Jones said police arrived quickly. Medics took the victim to a local hospital with gunshot wounds, police said. "I found out about 30 minutes later that he had passed away," Jones said.

Jones said he didn't know the victim, but had seen him before at the food truck parked in the lot of the former service station, which was not far from the spot where he said the victim was shot.

After the shooting, a police dog led officers to a house, where officers detained multiple people of interest, said Officer Jessica Schindeldecker, a police spokeswoman.


About 9:30 a.m. Friday, officers were still coming and going from the food truck parked by the former service station, and later Friday police hitched the food truck to a police vehicle and towed it away.

Jones said the two men he met on the sidewalk just before the shooting approached him from the direction of a nearby liquor store.

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Jay Halvorson is seen in this photo from a June 2018 story that appeared in The Forum about Halvorson's sneaker collection. Forum file photo

As Jones spoke, a man standing close by, who did not provide his name, said he was a friend of Halvorson and that they had owned the food truck together since about 2013.

The man said he had worried about Halvorson ever since he moved their food truck to the former service station parking lot from where it had been parked near the former Goodyear tire store on Broadway.

Halvorson's Facebook page was active Friday with people expressing sadness at the news of their friend's death.


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