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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Police: Man shot dead in St. Paul fight

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By Mara H. Gottfried
Article Last Updated: 06/09/2008 11:00:08 PM CDT

After people fighting outside a St. Paul apartment building this afternoon crashed through the front door and into her apartment, 14-year-old Cherio Coleman saw a man with a gun.

She ran out when he fired a shot toward a wall in the apartment, which had three other children inside. He fired at least two more shots afterward, police said.

"I was shaking," Cherio said. "I hate guns. Guns scare me."

When Cherio soon came back from a relative's apartment next door, she saw a wounded man. Police say the 22-year-old St. Paul man was shot in the head and died as paramedics took him to Regions Hospital after the 3:40 p.m. incident.

The children and other adults in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood apartment weren't injured.

The victim, identified by police as Antonio Evans, and another man in his mid-20s were fighting outside 430 Case Ave. when the fight moved inside, said Peter Panos, police spokesman. The second man pulled a handgun and started shooting, he said.

Police haven't said what the fight was about.

The suspect ran east on Case Avenue. Police got tips that the suspect was in various houses in the area and searched them as they received the information.

Police were still searching for the suspect tonight, "We have a pretty good idea who we're looking for," Panos said.

Neither Evans nor the suspect lived in the apartment building, Panos said. Evans was the nephew of a woman who lives upstairs, said Arthurlina Wright, Cherio's mother.

"He was pretty cool, he never bothered me," Wright said of Evans. She said she only knew his first name.
Wright was at the grocery store when the shooting happened. Her sister called and told her a man had just been shot in her apartment.

Cherio was in another room when she heard her aunt shout, "Get out of my house," apparently after the people crashed through the front door. She came out to see what was happening and saw people fistfighting.

A man took out a handgun, Cherio said. Cherio and her cousins — ages 10, 11 and 15 — ran out a side door after he fired.
"It was shocking to see something like that," said Shavaughta Carter, Cherio's 11-year-old cousin. "Them doing that, it doesn't inspire the littlest kids."

The apartment is across from Bruce Vento Elementary School. School is out for the summer, and summer school hasn't begun.

"It's a good thing there's no kids in school now," said Nina Solis, who has lived in the neighborhood for about four years.

The case is the seventh homicide of the year in St. Paul.

Mara H. Gottfried can be reached at 651-228-5262.

7:47 AM  
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8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A man took out a handgun, Cherio said. Cherio and her cousins — ages 10, 11 and 15 — ran out a side door after he fired."


"It's a good thing there's no kids in school now"

WTF? Great reportage there.

9:39 AM  

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