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Man charged in connection to St. Paul shooting that injured mother, child

Isaac Cryer. Photo: Ramsey County
Isaac Cryer.

Updated: September 10, 2019 05:04 PM

Charges have been filed against a man in connection to a shooting incident that left a 36-year-old woman wounded and a young child injured in St. Paul earlier this month.

Court documents show 25-year-old Isaac Alonzo Cryer, from Eagan, has been charged with five counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Ramsey County. All are felony-level crimes. Bail has been set at $150,000.

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According to the criminal complaint, on Sept. 1 at about 6:30 p.m., St. Paul police responded to 384 Maria Avenue on multiple reports of shots fired. A later report came in that a young child had received a gunshot wound to the back of her head and she was said to be several blocks away. 

Upon arrival, officers met with a man who was in a tan Ford Explorer. His four-year-old daughter was in the back car seat at the time. Police observed a small lump was on the back of her head and bleeding, and she was in and out of consciousness. She was brought to Regions Hospital. Once they arrived to the hospital, the father said his sister lived at the address noted above. He said she had been in a dispute with her roommate, and he and his daughter had gone to the home to help his sister move out. The man noted when he arrived to the home, an altercation was ongoing between multiple people, including the roomate's aunt as well as the aunt's son, identified as Isaac Alonzo Cryer.

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The complaint goes on to say that Cryer threatened to kill the father while the father and daughter were still inside the vehicle. The father noticed Cryer had a black handgun and attempted to drive away. When he began to drive away, Cryer followed in a gold Pontiac Grand Prix. The father told police as he drove, his vehicle received multiple gunshots. When he pulled over, he noticed that his daughter was bleeding. 

The rear window of the Ford Explorer was shattered. Blood was located in the right second-row passenger seat, and a slight protrusion in the headrest, where the girl's head had been. After the vehicle was searched pursuant to a search warrant, the protrusion was found to be a metal object which had gone almost entirely through the headrest. 

The St. Paul Police Department responded to the listed address as well, the scene of the initial altercation. Upon arrival, they met with a 36-year-old woman who had a non-threatening gunshot wound to her forearm. She told police she had been shot by Cryer. According to the complaint, she stated Cryer was in a "family dispute" at the residence. Once the incident escalated, she said Cryer displayed his firearm. The woman went on to say Cryer got into his vehicle and began shooting, causing the woman to run for cover. She then realized she had been shot. She was transported to the hospital for treatment for her injury.

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The sister who lives at the residence confirmed to police that there had been a family dispute. She said that Cryer went to his car, "grabbed his gun," and indicated that he would shoot her. She stated that he went back to his car and drove up the street, made a U-turn an came back at high speed. He then reportedly shot at the group while he was in his vehiclem striking the 36-year-old woman. After that, he drove off.

Another witness identified the shooter as "Smokey Cryer." The criminal complaint states Cryer's nickname as 'Smokey.' 

Cryer's mother said that the father of the four-year-old had allegedly threatened her and other family members earlier in the day. She said the evening of Sept. 1, the man arrived to the residence and continued to be aggressive. She said that the 36-year-old woman was armed with a taser and box cutter, and the sister was armed with a baseball bat. She claimed her son did not have a gun but "clinched his fist" as if he was armed to protect his mother from the woman with the baseball bat. She claimed the man drove away with Cryer following and added the man shot at Cryer, who did not shoot back.

According to the complaint, Cryer was taken into custody on Sept. 9. In a Mirandized interview, he told investigators that he had gone to the home out of concern for the safety of his mother and cousin. He said others showed up to the residence armed with "a knife, a taser and a bat," and the man showed up with a gun. He claimed he "pump-faked" in order to back people up. When asked about gunfire, he stated he heard gunfire coming from the father of the four-year-old's direction, but he had allegedly already left the scene. He denied having fired a gun that day to police and said he did not know how the Ford Explorer was shot.

Medical records show the four-year-old child was diagonosed with a traumatic brain injury with intracranial bleeding. 

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