Updated: 12/27/2013 10:37 PM
Created: 12/27/2013 12:54 PM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund
The two men accused in connection with a the robbery and shooting of a Duluth business owner have been charged.
Brandon James Tyson, 29, of Duluth, and Robert William Neft, 32, of Saginaw, were charged Friday with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree, according to a criminal complaint.
Duluth police responded to the ILF Smartphone Clinic on the 1700 block of London Road at 7:15 Monday night, after Owner Colin Mackin reported being shot in the chest and robbed.
The complaint says that when authorities arrived, 27-year-old Mackin was "seated inside the doorway, covered in blood, struggling to breathe, due to a through and through gunshot wound to his chest area."
"Officers also saw a BB gun on the floor, as well as, multiple bullet holes on the wall of the business," the complaint says. "Also inside the business, officers located other signs of a struggle, including cash, electronic equipment strewn about, bullet fragments, a mask, a single black mechanics glove, tape, a lighter, and a backpack..."
In an interview from his hospital bed Thursday, Mackin told Eyewitness News that after a struggle inside, he followed the men outside when they took his computer.
Mackin said he took one of them into a snow bank, was punched, and then shot through the chest before the men drove away.
The next day, police said they arrested Tyson and Neft.
According to the complaint, investigation led authorities to a residence on the 1800 block of East Second Street where an occupant said she had seen Tyson "in the bedroom with two guns, one matching the description of the gun given my the victim. She also said that she overheard Defendant Tyson saying something about a shooting."
According to Neft in the complaint, Tyson "hit the victim in the head with a pistol and eventually shot him in the chest. Defendant Neft also relayed that both Defendants had been in the store earlier in the day and something must have 'pissed' Defendant Tyson off."
During a search of the vehicle, the complaint said law enforcement found a revolver, a glove pairing the glove left at the scene, a business card for the victim and his business, iPads, black hooded sweatshirts, a mask, ammunition, vinyl gloves and a Mac Book Pro laptop with a blood-like substance on it.
Mackin is recovering at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.
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