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Charges: Gang-related shooting sends 1 to Woodbury hospital

The self-described member of a “stain gang” that commits robberies faces felony charges in connection with a drug-related shooting in St. Paul Park.

Luciano V. Nunez, 19, of Inver Grove Heights, was scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court June 17 on gang-related charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

Prosecutors allege Nunez entered a St. Paul Park home in December and shot a man who was going to sell marijuana to a Nunez accomplice. The alleged victim was shot near his groin before he returned fire, hitting Nunez in the pelvis, belly and left arm, according to court records.

Authorities learned of the incident after Nunez was taken to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury with gunshot injuries and the alleged victim ended up at Hennepin County Medical Center with injuries from a shooting.

According to the criminal complaint: 

Nunez, whose nickname is Lucky, was with a group of juveniles and young men who went to a home in the 1500 block of Pullman Ave. late Dec. 14, 2014. A man at the home later told authorities he had planned to offer a “super deal” of $450 for 2 ounces of marijuana.

After the purported buyer met with the man in the home, he returned to the car and Nunez went into the home with a mask over his face.

“This is a stain,” Nunez reportedly told the man, meaning it was a robbery, and then shot the man in the groin. The man picked up a gun from the floor and fired at Nunez.

Nunez fled from the house and the group drove away.

Nunez’s brother and girlfriend told authorities they were in the car and that Nunez returned to the vehicle after having been shot.

Woodwinds Hospital surveillance video appears to show a man identified as Nunez exiting a Dodge Journey about 9:45 p.m. and being taken into the hospital in a wheelchair.

When Nunez’s brother was later interviewed by investigators, he said his brother’s robbery would help him earn his reputation in the stain gang, according to the complaint.

Authorities recovered electronic evidence, including text messages, that refer to a planned robbery the day of the St. Paul Park shooting.

While the incident occurred in December, Nunez wasn’t arrested until June 2. He was being held in the Washington County jail, with bail set at $250,000 with conditions or $500,000 without conditions.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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