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2 charged in connection to Summit-University neighborhood shooting

Marcus Baker (left) and Brandon Baker Photo: Ramsey County Jail
Marcus Baker (left) and Brandon Baker

Updated: November 07, 2019 05:53 PM

Two brothers have been charged in connection to a shooting that occurred in the Summit-University neighborhood in St. Paul that left 28-year-old Shawn Jones dead, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states 33-year-old Marcus Baker faces one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder. A second complaint states 27-year-old Brandon Baker faces two counts of aiding an offender.

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According to the complaint, police were called at about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 on the report of a shooting that occurred in the area of Kent Street and Central Avenue.

Officers responded to the area, where they found Jones slumped over in a vehicle at Dale Street and St. Anthony Avenue with a gunshot wound. Jones was taken to Regions Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Prior to the shooting, a group of people met at Kent Street and Central Avenue to create rap video. According to the complaint, the lyrics in the video "could be construed as 'taunting' rival gangs."


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Investigators learned that Jones had his vehicle parked in the middle of the street while speaking to the driver of another vehicle. Moments later, according to the complaint, a white van pulled up next to the vehicles and shot at both of them.

The complaint says investigators were able to find a security camera at the crime scene that captured the shooting. Through surveillance video, police were able to track the white van from the crime scene to an apartment complex in Oakdale.

According to the complaint, a security camera at the apartment complex showed the white van arrive 16 minutes after the shooting occurred. The video showed two suspects exit the van and drive off in a Chevrolet Blazer and a GMC SUV.

The complaint states investigators learned the mother of Marcus Baker's child lived at the apartment complex and that surveillance videos showed him arriving at the apartment complex driving a white van on several occasions.

Investigators were also able to learn that the white van was registered to Brandon Baker.

On Tuesday, police stopped the GMC SUV as it was leaving the Oakdale apartment complex. According to the complaint, both Marcus and Brandon Baker were inside the vehicle.

Both were taken into custody and declined to participate in interviews, the complaint said. The complaint also stated that a handgun was discovered in the vehicle the two occupied.

According to the complaint, police report the two brothers are known to be associated with a gang that rivals the gang that was creating the rap video.

If found guilty, Marcus Baker could face up to 60 years in prison. Brandon Baker could face up to 30 years in prison.

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