MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Steven Daniel Buford, 21, is charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of 22-year-old Lauren Summer Koffi-n’guessan last Friday in West St. Paul.
The Dakota County Attorney’s office says Buford shot Koffi-n’guessan in the head during an argument outside of the Eagle Point Apartments on the 2000 block of Oakdale Avenue.READ MORE: Bemidji Police Seek Help Finding Teens Emily Luhm And Zoe Jones
The criminal complaint says police were called to the building right before the shooting after someone heard a disturbance, then saw a man later identified as Buford jump from a second-floor balcony.
As officers and the initial witness were walking around outside of an adjoining apartment building, they heard a gunshot. They then saw Koffi-n’guessan on the ground, and Buford running through the parking lot.READ MORE: 50-Car Train Derails In Albert Lea, Police Ask Public To Avoid Area North Of Hawthorne Street
A woman just pulled into the parking lot with her two young sons when she said she saw the two arguing. Her sons then witnessed Buford shoot Koffi-n’guessan before he ran towards their car with Koffi-n’guessan’s 15-month-old son in tow.
The woman says Buford then threw the infant at her through the window before jumping into her backseat, sitting on her 7-year-old son, then ordering her to drive at gunpoint — right before officers reached the car and arrested him.
Buford, who has a lengthy criminal history, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.MORE NEWS: MN Weather Timeline: Hail Possible In Southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Warm Week Ahead
He faces up to 65 years in prison.