South St. Paul pot dealer charged for allegedly shooting man who robbed him


Pierre Raymon Mack

A South St. Paul man who was robbed at gunpoint in his South St. Paul home and then shot the robber following a botched drug deal was charged for the Feb. 12 shooting.

Pierre Raymon Mack, 21, was charged Feb. 14 with three felony charges: second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm and attempted sale of a controlled substance. 

According to court documents, South St. Paul officers were dispatched to the area of Ninth Avenue South around 8:45 p.m., on a report of shots fired. 

When police arrived, they located a man who was not involved in the shooting but heard gunfire as he was sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot. He believed he was being shot at but was not struck by any bullets. Once gunfire ceased, he told police he drove away.

The police were then dispatched to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, court documents say, because a man who had been shot in South St. Paul was there being treated for gunshot wounds.

Officers spoke with the man who had been shot three times, hit in his left foot, right calf muscle and right hamstring. He allegedly told police he went to pick up marijuana from his dealer, later identified as Mack, and “stupidly” took his father’s gun with him to rob the dealer, as he had no money. 

He told police he told Mack he would be coming to his house that evening to buy the weed. When he arrived at Mack’s house, the man said he pointed the gun at Mack and told him to put the weed in his bag. He told police he believed he took 12 ounces of marijuana.

As he was running out the door, Mack allegedly followed and shot him as he ran to his vehicle. The man said his friend drove him to Regions, and the gun and marijuana would still be in the vehicle that took him to the hospital.

The victim was shown a picture of Mack and identified him as the dealer.

After his arrest, Mack initially denied being at the house, but eventually allegedly admitted to police he fired the shots, according to court records. He told police the man came to buy marijuana and told him to “give it up” while he pointed a gun at him. The stolen marijuana was about “four zips, worth $175 a piece.” Mack said he has a conceal and carry permit.

As the victim was running out, he pointed a gun again at Mack and this is when Mack allegedly said he drew his gun and shot. He told police he was afraid the other man would shoot him and was stressed. According to court documents, Mack did not know the bullets struck the victim. 

Mack’s mother was home at the time and told police she heard voices downstairs. After asking what was going on, she told Mack not to do anything stupid. After hearing Mack say, “He came to my house,” his mom said she heard gunshots. 

Police executed a search warrant on the vehicle that transported the man to the hospital. Blood was found on a rear seat along with a gun that matched the description of the one the man said he brought with him. A backpack was located that had a large Ziploc bag that contained what appeared to be marijuana. 

Mack previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana in 2015.  

 


— Hannah Burlingame

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