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Man upset about son’s shooting killed St. Paul woman

Prosecutors assert that his father entered the house the next week after a shootout during which an 18-year-old was hurt and killed 40-year-old Lashonda Nix.

According to police, they concluded via their investigation that the adolescent was shot in Nix’s home because the 18-year-old knew someone who lives there. Police stated Thursday that they are still looking into the shooting’s circumstances and potential perpetrators.

On Tuesday, police detained Curtrez D. Johnson, the father of the 18-year-old, in connection with the murder of Nix.

He admitted to the police that he frequently passed the location of his son’s shooting. According to the criminal complaint filed on Thursday, he said that while he wouldn’t harm anyone, “if he were going to react, it would be against the person who did something” to his kid.

On December 19, about 9:45 p.m., Nix’s 19-year-old son saw his mother being shot. In the Payne-Phalen neighborhood’s 600 block of East Cook Avenue, there were three obnoxious knocks on the front door.

The complaint stated that Nix knocked and asked, “Who is it?,” but no one answered and the knocking persisted. The moment Nix peered through a curtain, her son heard a gunshot and witnessed her fall to the ground.

The following details from the prosecution are included in the murder complaint:

Around 11:20 p.m. on December 13, officers were summoned to the Cook Avenue address. The 18-year-old, who was given the name JJ in the complaint, was transported to the hospital after being shot in the face.

The complaint stated that JJ “has refused to discuss the incident with authorities and he remains hospitalized.”

A 16-year-old informed police that he thought Nix’s father, subsequently identified as Johnson, had shot Nix when she peered out the window after Nix had been dead. The 16-year-old, known as JD in the complaint, claimed he observed someone get into a white truck on the street that Johnson had previously been driving.

Johnson, according to JD, had knocked on the door a few days earlier, unhappy that his son had been shot while at the Cook Avenue residence, but Nix had urged JD not to answer, so JD stayed silent. When Johnson arrived earlier, they had secured the exterior door, but on December 19 the gunman entered the porch since it wasn’t locked.

A white Chevrolet Tahoe was seen traveling on Cook Avenue just before the incident on local surveillance footage. According to an analysis of Johnson’s mobile phone records, he was in the vicinity of the Cook Avenue home on December 14 between 6:05 and 9:40 a.m. and on December 15 between 6:45 and 6:50 p.m., 8:27 p.m., and the time Nix was shot.

On Tuesday, Johnson, his mother, and the Tahoe were discovered by police at Cub Foods in the Sun Ray Shopping Center. When Johnson noticed the cops coming, he rushed inside the shop. Police detained him.

According to the complaint, Johnson informed investigators that “he understood what this was about” and that “the mother of the youngster who shot JJ was “hurt.” “Johnson said the woman’s children claimed he may have been the murderer. Johnson sobbed and said he hadn’t killed anyone.

He claimed that “having his son shot pained him to death.” Johnson added that JJ had been shot by his own pistol.

The lawsuit stated, “Johnson indicated the folks who shot JJ are attempting to tell a tale.”

According to the complaint, when officers pressed Johnson to expound on his thoughts when he passes the homes of the suspects in JJ’s shooting, “Johnson claimed he simply wants to know what happened to his kid.” Johnson claimed that when he knocks on the door after getting out of the automobile, sometimes the young guys answer and other times no one does.

Johnson is accused with second-degree deliberate murder that was not planned in advance. A public defender was appointed for him, and he would have a lawyer soon.

Four kids were raised by Nix as her own. She was due to get her second grandchild in July and complete her medical billing and coding coursework in April.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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