Shooting at Arcade and Case leaves Lamar Hale, 25, dead

Vicitim's cousin Chavaze Ward charged with murder

Lamar Hale, 25, of St. Paul is dead after being shot in the chest multiple times near the intersection of Arcade Street and Case Avenue.

His cousin Chevaze Darrell Ward, 24, of St. Paul is charged with second-degree murder in the incident, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney's office.

According to the complaint:

Officers reported to the scene after witnesses reported hearing shots fired and seeing Hale fall to the ground beside a silver four-door Buick that was parked in traffic.

Witnesses told police a group of men lifted the man into the Buick and drove away. They also reported seeing another man flee the area shortly after the shots.

Police learned Hale had been brought to a nearby fire station, after which he was transported to Regions Hospital. He died while at Regions from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest.

From witness accounts, police knew to look for an African American, heavyset male in a beige shirt over a white tank top with shorts -- they found someone matching that description nearby.

Chaveze Ward was waking southbound on Desoto Street toward York Avenue, holding a white tank top he was trying to put back on.

According to the complaint, "He was sweating profusely and breathing heavily."

After finding Ward, officers said they searched the area and recovered a discarded shirt of his, as well as a handgun sitting inside of a tube sock on top of a retaining wall nearby.

Family ties

At Regions Hospital, police spoke with Hale's mother, who told them her son had been in an argument with his cousin.

According to the complaint, the argument was over money.

Ward had reportedly threatened to shoot Hale while the two were talking on the phone recently, Hale's mother told police.

According to witness accounts, Ward had reportedly been in a car with other family members when Hale came up to the car while it was stopped at a red light, and tried to remove Ward from the vehicle.

Ward then pulled a gun out and shot Hale multiple times, the witness told police.

Ward then fled, and the family members pulled Hale into the car and rushed him to a nearby fire station.

Past record

According to the police report, Ward has previous criminal convictions -- in October 2008 he was convicted of sale of cocaine in the first degree. In December 2008, he was convicted for possession of a controlled substance in the second degree. Both convictions occurred in Ramsey County.

The complaint said Ward served time in prison for both convictions and was paroled on Jan. 9, 2014. His parole was scheduled to expire on Aug. 3, 2016.

Contact Patrick Larkin at 651-748-7816 or at Follow him on Twitter at @ESRPatrickLark.


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