Two thugs accused of fatally shooting a car salesman and tying up and pistol-whipping his 24-year-old stepson at their Bayview home Tuesday may have been trying to rob them, a family member said.
Dennis Wayne Dixon, 57, was shot dead in his doorway after two men rang the doorbell in the 2000 block of Palou Avenue around 11 p.m., police said. The thugs stormed into the home and tied up and assaulted Dixon’s stepson, Dejon, police said.
There was some kind of altercation prior to the attack, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said. Cops stormed the scene and detained two suspects, ages 18 and 38, police said.
Dejon was transported to the hospital and is “doing OK,” family said.
Dixon’s niece, Latrice Dixon, 32, said her uncle was a successful car salesman and may have been targeted “for the things he had.”
“My uncle was a flashy, happy-go-lucky man,” she said, adding that people in the neighborhood can see his nice cars parked in front of his residence.
“People in this area, there’s been a lot of home invasions,” Latrice Dixon said.
She described her uncle as a devoted father, a “good guy” who would do anything to help anyone. He also had sons ages 10 and 3, she said.
“He was a father to my son,” Latrice Dixon said. “He took him to football practice, picked him up from school.”
The incident marks The City’s 36th homicide in 2010.
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