Charges: Man shot dead in his St. Paul home was not the target

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder.
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Antonio Richardson

A man shot dead in his St. Paul home on Apr. 15 was not the shooter's main target.

That's according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County against Antonio Richardson, 30, who went to the house on the 1700 block of Benson Avenue, just off of West 7th Street, looking for a man called "LAF."

But inside instead was Matthew Schramm, 33, who was found shot in the head in a bedroom by LAF, who turned up at the house and called police.

Three days later, police tracked down the owner of an SUV seen outside the property, who told officers that Richardson had shown up at his house that same day, waving a gun while demanding to see LAF.

Richardson demanded the SUV owner to drive him to the Benson Avenue house, with Richardson going inside for about 5 minutes before returning to the SUV.

He told the driver he'd shot "Dude," and when asked if he meant LAF, Richardson said no, he'd shot someone else.

After threatening to shoot the driver too if he called police, Richardson changed clothes and was dropped off several miles from the scene.

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Police were also told by other witnesses in the case that Richardson had been to a different house looking for LAF on Nokomis Avenue, allegedly because LAF had kidnapped him and held him hostage.

Richardson, who has been charged with 2nd-degree murder, denied any ill-feeling towards LAF, as well as saying he had no part in Schramm's death.

The 30-year-old of no fixed address has three previous convictions for assault, two for drug offenses and one for disorderly conduct.

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