Shooting leaves one dead near Harding High School

Malik Dontarius Turner

Man charged with second-degree murder.

The St. Paul Police Department is investigating an Aug. 12 shooting that left a man dead near Harding High School.

The deceased man was identified as 21-year-old Devon L. Goode, of St. Paul, according to police. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged 19-year-old Malik Dontarius Turner Aug. 15 with second-degree murder for allegedly killing Goode. 

Turner could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint against Turner, witnesses told police that several people had gathered in the 1400 block of Sixth Street, near Harding High School, for a dice game. 

A car stopped by the group and a man, which witnesses later identified as Turner, got out of the vehicle showing a handgun. He pointed it at the group and demanded money. Turner allegedly pistol-whipped and shot Goode and the rest of the group fled. Turner allegedly took the money the group was betting and jumped in the vehicle, which fled westbound on Sixth Street.  

St. Paul police said officers were dispatched to the location at about 4:30 p.m. on a report of shots fired. 

When officers arrived they found Goode suffering from gunshot wounds. St. Paul Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.  

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Goode died from a bullet that went through his lung and heart and that he also had a concussion and injuries on his face. 

According to the criminal complaint, a surveillance camera from the area recorded the shooting, and the shooter seen in the video matched the description of Turner. 

The investigation also found a Facebook Live video that allegedly shows Turner with a large amount of cash. When witnesses were shown the video, they said the money was from the dice game because of the appearance of some $2 bills they had used. 

The shoes and pants the person in the video is wearing also match the clothes on the person in the surveillance video footage, according to the complaint.

The investigation found that Turner was staying with his mother in the 600 block of Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Turner had been served a trespass notice on July 30 by the property manager, because the manager suspected that Turner was dealing drugs in the building’s parking lot. 

Police arrested Turner at the property on Aug 13. Police said he allegedly was found with $332 in cash, including a few $2 bills. 

The criminal complaint said that investigators also went to addresses of people connected to Turner, and in the 2000 block of Christensen Avenue found a vehicle matching the one in the surveillance footage of the shooting. A man was approaching the vehicle as police showed up and said his girlfriend recently bought the vehicle. He said he was driving it on Aug 12 and that Turner had been a passenger, but he said he did not know anything about a robbery or shooting. 

When interviewed by police, Turner said he did not remember posting a Facebook Live video, nor did he remember being on the East Side on Aug. 12. He allegedly said that he had been smoking a lot of marijuana and using Xanax. He also denied being involved with a robbery or shooting and denied being in a gold or tan Impala on Aug. 12. 

Turner is currently on probation through the juvenile court system for aggravated robbery. His first court appearance was Aug. 15. His next appearance is Aug. 28.


— Marjorie Otto

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