A bystander trying to calm two feuding men was shot multiple times in the abdomen, pelvic area, arm and leg, according to charges filed Monday.
Danny L. Stamps, 29, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with shooting Jeffery D. Johnson, 22, after Johnson allegedly told Stamps and another man to calm down because their dispute was not worth violence.
According to the complaint:
Stamps and Dedtric A. Haggins, 30, met at a park near 890 Cook Av. E. in St. Paul on Friday to fight. Stamps is dating Haggins' sister, and had allegedly punched and pushed her recently, causing a large cut to her back. Haggins told Stamps he wanted to "box it out."
Haggins and others got into a van and met Stamps at the park. The two men argued. Haggins told police that Stamps left, apparently uninterested in fighting.
But about 30 minutes later, Stamps returned. He walked up to Haggins and asked, "What you gonna do now?" Stamps threatened to shoot him, the charges said, as he held his right hand inside his coat pocket.
Johnson was standing on a sidewalk behind the men and tried to calm them. Witnesses told police that Stamps turned and shot him a few times, causing Johnson to fall to the ground. Stamps then walked over to Johnson, stood over him and shot him about seven more times, the complaint said.
Stamps fled on foot and was later arrested. He refused to leave his cell and answer questions about the shooting, the complaint said.
Johnson told police he didn't know Stamps but was able to identify him in a photo lineup.
Stamps is charged with second-degree attempted murder and felony domestic assault. His record includes convictions for domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and racketeering, among other offenses.