St. Paul Man Charged in Drive-by Shooting in West St. Paul

Updated: 08/21/2014 5:29 PM
Created: 08/21/2014 5:00 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A St. Paul man is charged with four felonies in a West St. Paul drive-by shooting involving a man who reportedly had an affair with the shooter's girlfriend, according to court documents filed in Dakota County.

Jorge Roman Vasquez, 35, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted murder in what police say was a premeditated drive-by shooting. He also faces two felony charges for second-degree assault and allegedly possessing a firearm after being convicted of a violent crime.

The drive-by shooting happened around 2 p.m. on Aug. 18. Police responded to a report of multiple gunshots fired at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Marie Avenue East in West St. Paul. The suspect reportedly took off in a green car, according to the complaint.

Officers found a man who had been shot in the right arm and right leg. He was treated and then taken to Regions Hospital. The victim has since been released from the hospital.

Six spent shell casings were found in the garage where the victim was hanging out with two friends. A green four-door car with a spoiler on the back pulled up in front of the garage, and the driver began shooting, the complaint states.

One of the friends said he thought Vasquez "intentionally" targeted the victim who "had been involved with the shooter's girlfriend," according to the complaint. 

Vasquez was located at a St. Paul apartment and was arrested without incident.

Vasquez was released from prison March 24, 2014 on supervised release, after being sentenced in 2011 for first-degree aggravated robbery, the criminal complaint states.

Vasquez made his first appearance in court Thursday. A judge set bail of $600,000 without conditions and $400,000 with conditions. His next hearing is set for Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

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