Two men charged in Woodbury graduation party gunfight

Two men have been charged with participating in a drive-by gunfight that killed a 14-year-old boy in Woodbury. Jaden Townsend, 19, and 23-year-old Enrique Davila were charged by the Washington County Attorney’s office with crimes related to the Saturday night shooting. The Associated Press reported that the two men and an unnamed 17-year-old suspect also […]

Two men charged in Woodbury graduation party gunfight

Two men have been charged with participating in a drive-by gunfight that killed a 14-year-old boy in Woodbury.

Jaden Townsend, 19, and 23-year-old Enrique Davila were charged by the Washington County Attorney’s office with crimes related to the Saturday night shooting.

The Associated Press reported that the two men and an unnamed 17-year-old suspect also believed to be involved in the shooting are still at large.

Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl (Courtesy of Katie Ekdahl)

Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl, 14, was killed in the exchange of gunfire, which happened at a graduation party. His stepfather, 35-year-old Keith Dawson of St. Paul, remained in jail Friday on $175,000 bond, charged with firing the shots that started the gunfight.

According to court documents, Dawson said he was responding to a call for help from his stepson, who said he was being robbed at the party. At roughly 10 p.m., Dawson met his stepson at a nearby car dealership. They returned to the party in separate cars.

Dawson then allegedly fired his gun three or four times from his SUV, aiming at two people standing near parked SUV, according to the criminal complaint.

The gunfire was returned, with 15 to 20 shots fired.

One bullet hit Hobbs-Ekdahl in the back as the car was leaving. Dawson moved the injured boy into his vehicle and drove to Regions Hospital, tossing a gun out of the SUV on the way, according to court documents. Hobbs-Ekdahl died at the hospital.

Bullets struck houses in the neighborhood, and the shooting terrified the group of about 25 people.

Keith Dawson

The two men — Townsend and Davila — are charged with various crimes including aiding and abetting second-degree murder and assault.