Keith Dawson, 35, of St. Paul allegedly fired several shots at an SUV outside the party as he drove by, prompting the SUV’s occupants to return fire, according to a criminal complaint filed against him Monday, June 7, in Washington County District Court.
Dawson told investigators he is the stepfather of 14-year-old Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl, who died in the shootout, Woodbury police said in a news release. Dawson faces four felony counts, including drive-by shooting, illegally possessing a firearm, and two second-degree assault charges.
“This tragic loss of a young person’s life weighs heavy on the community and on Woodbury Officers,” the police department’s news release said. “A chance encounter resulting in a dispute leading to tragedy is no way to celebrate a graduation. This incident does not define a neighborhood or its residents, or our community at large.”
Keith Dawson, 35, of St. Paul
Woodbury police responded at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday to a residence on the 6100 block of Edgewood Avenue, where multiple 911 callers reported