Man Charged in Deadly Shooting in Shakopee
A 27-year-old man has been charged in a shooting that killed a 19-year-old Shakopee High School student, and wounded two others.
Steven Andre Moore, of Minneapolis, has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and two counts of second-degree assault, according to a Scott County criminal complaint released Wednesday. Two other suspects are being sought, police say.
The shooting happened shortly before 10:44 p.m. April 18 at the Hunters Ridge Apartments, 620 Gorman St. in Shakopee. Three men were in the apartment, including 19-year-old Marcos Pantaleon, 22-year-old Miguel Pantaleon, and a 17-year-old boy who was not identified in the complaint.
Miguel Pantaleon told police he opened the apartment door after hearing a knock. In the peep hole, he said he recognized Moore, who used to live at the apartment complex.
Moore had bought marijuana from Miguel Pantaleon in the past, he told police. When the door opened, two other unknown black men rushed inside the apartment, the complaint said.
The men demanded money and shot Miguel Pantaleon, Marcos Pantaleon and the teenage boy, according to the charges. Marcos Pantaleon died at the scene.
The suspects fled after the shooting. They took Miguel Pantaleon's wallet with $400 in cash and credit cards. Miguel Pantaleon and the juvenile said they heard between three to six shots fired, the complaint said.
The next day, police found Moore at a home at 4311 Fremont Ave. in Minneapolis, the charges said. Moore's girlfriend told police that he was in Shakopee at about midnight. Moore said he needed to get rid of his car and cell phone, she said.
When questioned by police, Moore denied knowing any Hispanics at Hunters Ridge Apartments, the complaint said. He later admitted to knowing Miguel Pantaleon.
Moore told police that two Somali men put a gun to his ribs and told him to call anyone who sold marijuana so they could rob them, the charges said. Moore said he was forced to participate in the robbery.
The Pantaleon family has established a memorial fund in honor of Marcos Pantaleon, according to the Shakopee school district. Donations to the Marcos Memorial Fund can be made at any Wells Fargo bank.
Everyone in our school district and especially at Shakopee High School is deeply saddened by this news," Superintendent Rod Thompson said in a statement. "We have our support staff available at the high school and they are ready to help any staff members or students."