Minnetonka Man Pleads Guilty to Drive-By Shooting in St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD -- A Minnetonka man has pleaded guilty to a drive-by shooting in St. Cloud. Twenty-one-year-old Ca'Mari Smith will be sentenced on December 30th.
The shooting happened in August 2021 near the intersection of 9th Avenue and 6th Street in St. Cloud.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court, the victim was heading to his aunt's house when he noticed Smith, who he knew as "Ce-Mo", sitting in his vehicle.
Court records show Smith had caused an issue with a member of the victim's family earlier that morning and damaged their property.
Smith motioned for the victim to come over, but the victim said no and drove away. Smith then followed the victim, who called his parents and said he was being followed. Records show Smith leaned out of the driver's side window and shot at the vehicle seven times.
The victim's parents arrived at the time of the shooting and saw Smith flee the scene. The victim was not shot, but the bullets from the gun did hit the hood of the car.
Later that night, Minnetonka police found Smith's vehicle parked in a parking garage at his home and a gun sitting on the shelf of a storage locker, which also belonged to Smith. Court records show the gun was missing seven bullets and was equipped with an auto sear, which converts the handgun into a fully automatic gun at the push of a button.
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