Burnsville man charged in drive-by shooting

An 18-year-old Burnsville man is one of five people charged in an Aug. 28 drive-by shooting in South St. Paul.

Erik Dontez Poe and four others are charged with drive-by shooting and second-degree assault. Two victims suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to the Dakota County attorney’s office.

The alleged shooting occurred outside a residence where two of the defendants had gone on Aug. 26 to buy marijuana, according to a county attorney news release. An argument arose, and one of the defendants was reportedly punched in the face.

The two people returned to the residence on Aug. 28, and a fight ensued. They left and informed the three other defendants, who allegedly returned to the residence in a dark-colored SUV.

A police officer responding to a report of threatening text messages saw the SUV roll slowly past the residence, heard gunshots in rapid succession and saw several flashes of light coming from the vehicle’s passenger side.

The SUV made several turns and ended up in a cul-de-sac. Two men, including Poe, fled the vehicle, the news release said.

In the vehicle police found a 9 mm handgun and a shotgun, both containing live rounds, and multiple 9 mm shell casings.

Others charged are Tyrone Lamar Farrow, 37, of Big Lake; Cheridan Bree Redmond, 19, of Inver Grove Heights; Juan Carlos Rojas, 19, of Inver Grove Heights; and Sopearvy Ogbondah Michelle Sam-Farrow, 18, of West St. Paul.