Superior police say shooting not random or drive-byA fatal Sunday morning shooting in Superior was not a random act of violence. The victim, 35-year-old Toriano Dawen “Snapper” Cooper, was specifically targeted, according to Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse, during a press conference Monday.
A fatal Sunday morning shooting in Superior was not a random act of violence. The victim, 35-year-old Toriano Dawen “Snapper” Cooper, was specifically targeted, according to Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse, during a press conference Monday.
“This was not a random act of violence the public should be concerned with,” he said.
Conversations about possible motive with family and friends indicate it was possible that Cooper had people angry with him, the chief said. He did not comment on whether the shooting was drug-related.
“That would be speculation at this point,” LaGesse said.
Cooper was outside his residence at 1901 N. 12th St. doing some cleaning or maintenance on a vehicle prior to the incident. Neighbors heard what they believed to be gunshots but when they looked outside they did not see anyone in the immediate area. Witnesses saw Cooper talking to another adult African American male standing near the home just prior to the shooting.
LaGesse said the shot was fired by someone on foot standing near Cooper, not from a vehicle.
Cooper was able to make his way back into the home, but he succumbed to his injuries before medical personnel arriving on scene.
A preliminary examination revealed one gunshot wound to the chest. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn.
The shooting was reported at 10:07 a.m. Sunday. Superior police are asking for help from those who were in the area at the time. Anyone who may have seen the two men talking or anything suspicious — someone running to or from the scene or an African American male getting in a vehicle and leaving the scene — are encouraged to contact the Superior Police Department tip line at (715) 395-7468, or send an anonymous text tip 847411, keyword “spdtip.” Tips can also be left on the department’s Facebook page.
LaGesse said not many people have come forward with information yet. Police are also examining video footage taken by businesses in the area of the shooting. No further description of the suspect was given.
While the victim has had contact with police, LaGesse said, none of it was drug related or would be connected to the shooting.