A St. Paul man is charged with shooting at a motorist in a road rage incident last week.
Raymone R. Brown, 23, was charged Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court with one count of drive-by discharge of a firearm for the May 7 incident.
A witness identified him in a photo lineup as the man who fired two shots at a minivan in the Super America parking lot at 577 Smith Av.
According to the complaint: A woman was driving a minivan about 5:30 p.m. when she was cut off by a Chrysler 300. The woman “flipped off” the car and drove around it. She pulled into the Super America.
While the woman and a passenger went into the gas station, a second passenger stayed in the van. The Chrysler pulled into the lot and some men exited. As the minivan passenger tried to back the van out of the lot, one suspect threw a bat at the van and struck its roof. Brown allegedly pulled a handgun out of his pants and fired two or three shots, the complaint said.
The suspects returned to the Chrysler and fled. No one was injured.
The van driver later told police that the Chrysler driver had also “flicked” her off, and tried to run her off the road before the Super America confrontation. She said three men from the Chrysler attacked her van.
Using a license plate number provided by one of the victims, police tracked down a matching Chrysler with a similar plate. (The first plate number did not exist).
Police went to a home in St. Paul where they found Brown and recovered a handgun and ammunition from a closet. He declined to provide police with a statement on the allegations.
Brown appeared in court Wednesday, where his attorney said he denied the allegations and that it was a case of “mistaken identity.”
The prosecutor said that the gun recovered by authorities matched shell casings found at the Super America.