Fatal St. Paul Target parking lot shooting leads to arrest, murder charges

Following a shooting in a Target parking lot that left one person dead, the St. Paul Police Department has arrested and charged a suspect.

On April 6, St. Paul Police officers responded to a reported shooting around 9:50 a.m. at a Target parking lot on Suburban Avenue. 

Thomas Derek Coleman, 25, of St. Paul, has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault for his alleged role in the shooting.

According to police, the victim, later identified as Jadonn Taylor, and his fiancée were buying Easter presents for their daughter when they returned to their vehicle in the Target parking lot. Shortly after a man wearing white or light clothing approached and shot into the car an estimated 8-10 times. 

The victim’s fiancée then drove to the nearby fire station where he later died. 

The fiancée told police that Taylor, "doesn’t get along with gang members on the East Side of St. Paul" but that "people have posted things on Facebook… so [they] were paranoid and always looking over their shoulders." According to police, Taylor is associated with the Looney Land/Time For Money gang that is affiliated with the west side of St. Paul.

Meanwhile, Coleman is a HAM Crazy gang member, affiliated with the east side of St. Paul, according to court records. 

Police were able to use both Facebook posts and surveillance footage to recognize the license plate of the getaway vehicle, and connect it to Coleman, charging documents say. 

Coleman made his first appearance in court Thursday morning.