|Ramone Smaller's mugshot|
Around 3:22 a.m. last October 24, a St. Paul home on the 800 block of Carroll Avenue lived in by two sisters, one 72 and the other 69, was sprayed by at least 18 bullets. The sisters said they had no idea why they were targeted, though neighbors later told them it was because the shooters wanted to kill one of the women's grandsons who wasn't living there but visited occasionally.
Then, just after midnight on October 29, a shootout involving two vehicles on West Lake Street in Minneapolis was reported, authorities say in court documents filed today. A witness said one was a Chevy Tahoe. That vehicle was later spotted driving down Interstate 94 and was pulled over near Huron Boulevard. A .40 caliber handgun was found inside the Tahoe, and the grandson who was reportedly the target of the Carroll Avenue shooting was one of its passengers.
Pot deal gone wrong leads to St. Paul's first homicide of year