Two men were killed and another was seriously wounded in St. Paul on Thursday because the shooter was jealous one of them was dating his ex, a criminal complaint says.
Jamaine Jamie Williams, 24, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with the murders of Dominic Jasper, 26, and Kavonta Pratt, 23, and the attempted murder of another man at an apartment in the West Seventh neighborhood.
The criminal complaint, which you can read here, alleges Williams was at the apartment waving a gun and making threats to kill his ex-girlfriend and "all of them" in the apartment a week prior to the fatal shooting. This was not reported to the police.
Williams is said to have been jealous that his ex-girlfriend – who fled the Forbes Ave. apartment along with her roommate and her roommate's younger brother when Williams showed up on Thursday – had been dating Dominic Jasper.
He is said to have shouted "It's the police. Open the damn door," to gain entry to the apartment, and confronted the three men left in the apartment after the others had fled.
Jasper was shot nine times during the attack, with Pratt shot once in the head and once in the ankle.
The third man survived the attack but is in a serious condition in the hospital. He was shot multiple times and jumped out of a second-floor window to escape. He was found lying in the street by police a short while later at the intersection of West 7th St. and Smith Ave.
Lydia Marie Moses, a friend of Jasper's family, told the Pioneer Press: "We hope that the truth regarding this horrific murder will come to light and that full and complete justice will be served."
The newspaper notes the killings have shocked the "tight-knit" neighborhood. It's proved particularly devastating for Jasper's mother, who previously lost her 17-year-old son in 1998 in a boating accident on Lake Minnetonka.