A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a good Samaritan in St. Paul who was shot in the chest while trying to break up a robbery.
The 30-year-old victim was in a car with his girlfriend, a male friend, and his 11-year-old daughter when they saw a "vulnerable person" being assaulted by four people on a light rail platform at University and Western avenues on the night of Sept. 2.
With the assault continuing despite those in the car shouting and honking the horn at the attackers, the victim got out with his friend and ran towards the platform, at which point he was shot.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced in a news release Thursday that 18-year-old Treheem Smith has been charged with second degree attempted murder,
If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Bullet narrowly missed 11-year-old girl
The criminal complaint says that three shots were then fired as the two men approached, with the 30-year-old hit in the chest, while one of the bullets narrowly missed his daughter in the car.
The victim, who lives in St. Paul, ran back to the car, saying: "I got hit. It burns. It stings." He was then driven to the hospital by his girlfriend, where he was admitted with life-threatening injuries.
He is still in Regions Hospital after suffering a lacerated liver, and had to have parts of his pancreas, stomach and colon removed.
"This is a tragic case of a man who is shot coming to the aid of a crime victim," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. "Our thoughts, prayers and good deeds as a community should be focused on his recovery. We will do everything in our power to seek justice for the victim."
The man who was being robbed said he was intoxicated and was awaiting public transportation home when the four teenagers attacked him, with one of them kicking him in the head.
Two other teenage boys, aged 14 and 15, were identified as being involved in the assault and have already pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in the first degree.
One will have a disposition hearing on Friday while the other will have theirs on Sept. 18.