St. Paul pot dealer shot by customer upset about the "bad weed" he'd sold him

Categories: Crime, Duluth
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Darrell Gonnigan
When 20-year-old Darrell Gonnigan bought a bag of ganja he wasn't satisfied with, he didn't merely take his business elsewhere. Instead, he decided to show up to his dealer's St. Paul home on the 600 block of Duluth Street to try and get some of his good stuff.

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That plan didn't work out too well. Gonnigan's dealer, 23-year-old Syrgeo Perez, ended up with numerous gunshot wounds, and Gonnigan has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

St. Paul police found Perez bleeding from numerous gunshot wounds around 6 p.m. Saturday. Before he was taken to the emergency room, he told officers the man who shot him was someone he knew as "D.B." He said the man sometimes bought marijuana from him.

Using Perez's cell phone contact list, police tracked down D.B., who was later identified as Gonnigan.

"Gonnigan told police that Perez is his 'weed man,' but that he'd bought 'bad marijuana' from him and planned to go to Perez's home to take his 'good weed,'" the Pioneer Press, citing the criminal complaint, reports.

The complaint describes Gonnigan's version of what happened at Perez's home like this: "Perez told him to get out of the house. He stated Perez grabbed a bat. He pulled his gun and shot Perez."

Perez has already been released from the hospital, the PiPress reports. It's unclear whether he'll face criminal charges for admitting to selling weed, though perhaps getting shot numerous times is punishment enough.

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15 comments
prsutruth
prsutruth

The story is one sided! The victim is still on life support and the witness states that the shooter came to simply rob the victim. The "bad weed aspect" is a fabrication from a liar, robber and potential killer!

Jason Kokal
Jason Kokal

people will always kill for drugs. nice neck tattoo.

Allen J. Oh
Allen J. Oh

Another senseless act of violence that could've been avoided by legalization.

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

It's all about money. If buds were legal there'd be virtually no crime associated with it.

Mark Whalen
Mark Whalen

i dont think the NSA is reading posts on Facebook,, LOL - stay on the meds please-

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

Whoa Bob...the NSA is reading this. Liberal hippie terrorist.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

If pot were legal he could have simply complained to the store manager and asked for a refund.

j.reiter
j.reiter

@prsutruth, Its white privilege that caused this; if it wasn't for the incredible welfare system that the whites in Duluth have imposed on the poor, neither the Mexican or the youth would have moved there in the first place.  On top of that, had white horticulturalists in Cali not developed medical grade weed, the youth would have been perfectly fine smoking bunky ditch weed to get his buzz.  There you go- in a nice little package - It's all white peoples fault

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBqWMblu_Ss

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Joe Duggan a black market would still exist

qwer
qwer

@Bob Alberti If he wasn't an asshole he could have just bought from someone else. Who is to say he wouldn't have just robbed the store manager? There's always a few bad apples.

kennyX
kennyX

@digitalprotocol Just like the alcohol and tobacco black markets? You're real funny there, Sparky!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kennyX 

why dont you come fight me downtown already, in front of the gangbangers that frighten you

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kennyX sad how little you know...  so there isnt a blackmarket for weed in CA WA CO...where do you think the weed your mother smokes comes from

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