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Charges: Houston man was acting paranoid before he shot South Carolina man in Burnsville hotel

He's accused of shooting the victim six times, killing him.
Ricky Eloy Ramirez 

Ricky Eloy Ramirez 

A 24-year-old Texas man has been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old South Carolina man at a hotel in Burnsville last week. 

Ricky Eloy Ramirez, of Houston, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of Sheldon Jeremy Williams. 

According to the criminal complaint, Burnsville police responded to a report of shots being fired at the Burnsville Inn & Suites on July 23. A person at the front desk said they'd heard gunshots and there was a man running around the second floor saying a person had been shot dead.

When they went upstairs, police saw Ramirez standing with a gun near his feet, charges state. He was talking on a cell phone. 

Police put Ramirez in handcuffs, at which point he said, "Right door last end, they have an AR and they have 100 more," the complaint says.

When police asked him who'd gotten shot, Ramirez said, "Him right there. I shot him," charges state. Police saw Williams, who appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head, unresponsive next to a pool of blood. 

Williams was declared dead at the scene. 

Police learned Ramirez had traveled from Texas to Minnesota with his girlfriend and his father to work, arriving on July 21, the complaint says. They were staying at the hotel with him. 

His girlfriend told police Ramirez seemed fine until July 22 when he began acting strangely, charges say. He said he had a gun, he believed someone was trying to get him and was concerned about the government coming after him. 

On July 23, the girlfriend was in the hotel room the entire day with Ramirez but she left shortly before the shooting, the complaint states. She was in the lobby when she heard 4-6 gunshots, and she left the hotel. 

Ramirez's father told police his son was acting paranoid the day before the shooting, according to charges. Ramirez told his dad he thought his coworkers were talking about him and that someone was chasing after him when he was working on July 22. His father did not believe there was any truth to this, and he wasn't at the hotel when the shooting happened. 

Video surveillance from the hotel showed Ramirez walking around the second-floor hallway near Williams' room, charges state. When Williams left his room, Ramirez fired multiple times and Williams dropped to the ground. 

On the video, it did not appear Williams had any weapon in his hands when he walked out of his room, the complaint says. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined Williams died of multiple gunshot wounds, noting he was shot six times. 

Ramirez made his first court appearance on Monday, where bail was set at $1.5 million without conditions, the Dakota County Attorney's Office says. He's set to appear in court again on  Sept. 30.

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