Woman charged with attempted murder for Rice Street shooting


Tametria Shavondra Gillespie

A St. Paul woman is facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly shooting her boyfriend outside a Roseville strip mall after she said he got violent during an argument about where to eat.

Tametria Shavondra Gillespie was charged with second-degree attempted murder two days after the June 9 shooting that left her 41-year-old boyfriend in critical condition at Regions Hospital.

According to police, the 40-year-old told authorities that she was acting in self defense after the boyfriend hit her in the face as she drove the two in a gray Honda Civic. Gillespie said the man threatened her life and police say she allegedly admitted to the shooting. Police observed a cut on her lip.

Court documents say security footage from the scene of the shooting in the 1600 block of Rice Street contradicts Gillespie’s story.

Her first appearance in court was June 11, and she’ll appear again June 25.

Court documents say that Roseville police responded to a report of a shooting around 10 p.m. June 9 at the intersection of Rice Street and Larpenteur Avenue.

A woman who’d called 911 identified herself as the shooter.

Officers arrived and found a Honda Civic facing westbound into the entrance of a strip mall containing a Domino’s Pizza and a laundromat at 1681 Rice St. The boyfriend was on the ground near the front passenger side of the car, court documents say, apparently bleeding from his head and right armpit.

Gillespie, court documents say, was standing near the car holding her phone. At that time she allegedly admitted to shooting the man. Officers found a black handgun on the trunk of the car. Gillespie had a permit to carry a firearm.

Emergency room doctors at Regions Hospital told police the man suffered three wounds, an entrance wound to the right arm, an exit wound to the same arm and an entrance wound to the right side of his body. Court documents say a bullet hit his lungs and stopped in the left side of his body.

Court documents say that Gillespie told police in an interview that she was driving with her boyfriend in the passenger seat when they began to argue — it escalated to the shooting in self defense.

Security footage obtained by police, court documents say, seems to tell a different story. The video shows the boyfriend walking westbound on Larpenteur to the east of Rice Street before crossing Rice and heading north towards the strip mall.

The footage allegedly shows the Honda Civic stop in front of him in the driveway to the strip mall, blocking his path, court documents say. Gillespie is allegedly seen getting out of the car and then striking or thrusting at the man three times; he then fell to the ground.

Court documents say a witness told police that he heard a woman yell, “Don’t put your hands on me!” The witness told police he heard a single gun shot and saw a man fall to the ground.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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