Man charged in connection to fatal Payne-Phalen neighborhood shooting

Man charged in connection to fatal Payne-Phalen neighborhood shooting Photo: KSTP/ Chris Knoll

December 18, 2018 07:10 PM

A St. Paul man has been charged in connection to the shooting that occurred in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood that killed one person and injured another, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states Miklos Dates was charged with aiding and second-degree abetting murder and attempted murder. 


The complaint names Jawan Mitchell and Carlos Dillard as co-defendants, however, their complaints have not been unsealed. 

The complaints say Taishawn Smith drove two women to New Hope Market on Payne Avenue on Dec. 9. Smith remained in the car while the women went into the store.

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When the women returned to the vehicle, a Chevy Cruze parked in front of their vehicle. The complaint said two men -- later identified as Mitchell and Dillard -- approached the car. According to the complaint, one of the women in the vehicle recognized them as members of a gang that opposed the gang her brother belonged to. 

The complaint said a third man then joined Mitchell and Dillard. Both Mitchell and Dillard had handguns, according to the complaint. One of the women believes Mitchell fired four shots, according to the complaint. She added that she believed Dillard shot at least one round and that the third man possibly had a gun as well. 

The complaint said Smith suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and one of the women suffered a gunshot wound to her legs. Both were taken to Regions Hospital. Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital, the complaint said. 

According to the complaint, when police arrived, they saw three men run away from the Chevy Cruze. Officers took the driver of the Chevy Cruze into custody.

The complaint said during an interview, the driver of the Chevy Cruze said he drove his friend -- later identified as Dates -- and two other men to the New Hope Market. He told police while sitting in the car he heard "pops." 

During a search warrant of the Chevy Cruze, officers located a firearm, the complaint said. They also located a phone that, "had a number that was associated with Dates." 

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