Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Ricky Eloy Ramirez, age 24 of Houston, Texas, has been charged* with one count of Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Sheldon Jeremy Williams of South Carolina, on July 23, 2021 at a Burnsville hotel.
A summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint is set forth below:
On July 23, 2021, Burnsville police responded to a hotel on a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers were told about hearing shots fired and reported that there was a man running around upstairs on the second floor saying that a female was shot and was dead.
Officers proceeded to the second floor of the hotel and observed a man, subsequently identified as Ricky Eloy Ramirez (“Defendant"), standing with a handgun near his feet, talking on a cell phone. Officers ordered the Defendant to show his hands. Defendant dropped the phone and officers collected the handgun found at his feet. Defendant was handcuffed for officer safety. While being handcuffed, Defendant stated “right door last end, they have an AR and they have 100 more." When officers asked who had gotten shot, Defendant said, “Him right there. I shot him." Officers looked down the hallway and saw a male subsequently identified as Sheldon Jeremy Williams (“Victim") unresponsive next to a pool of blood. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. Officers began lifesaving measures until medics arrived, but the Victim was declared deceased at the scene. After learning that Defendant was a suspect in the case, officers searched him and located a loaded handgun magazine in his pocket.
Officers learned that Defendant was from Texas and had come to Minnesota recently with his girlfriend, Witness 1, and his father, Witness 2, to work. Both Witness 1 and Witness 2 were staying at the hotel with Defendant. Officers interviewed Witness 1 and Witness 2 who relayed the following:
Witness 1 had come to Minnesota with Defendant and Witness 2 from Texas and they had arrived on Wednesday, July 21. Defendant seemed fine up until July 22, when he started acting strangely. Defendant had a gun and said he believed someone was trying to get him and he was concerned about the government coming after him. On July 23, Witness 1 was in the hotel room the entire day with Defendant, but left the room shortly before the shooting. After leaving the hotel room, Witness 1 was in the hotel lobby when she heard 4-6 gunshots, which prompted her to leave the hotel. She described Defendant as typically “chill" and respectful and could not account for his behavior before the shooting.
Witness 2 told police that he, Defendant and Witness 1 came to Minnesota from Texas to work and had just started working the previous day, July 22. Witness 2 noticed Defendant's behavior was odd the day before the shooting, and that he was acting paranoid. Defendant told his father he believed his co-workers were talking about him and that someone was chasing after him when while working on July 22. Witness 2 did not believe there was any truth to what Defendant had said. Witness 2 was not present at the hotel when the shooting happened and learned about the shooting from Witness 1.
Hotel video surveillance was reviewed and showed Defendant walking around the second floor hallway near the Victim's room before the Victim exited his room. When the Victim exited his room, Defendant fired a gun multiple times and the Victim dropped to the ground. On the video, it did not appear the Victim had a weapon of any kind in his hands when he exited the room before being shot by Defendant.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that the Victim was shot six times and died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Ramirez made his first court appearance on these charges today and bail in the amount of $1.5 million without conditions ($1 million with conditions), was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Karen Asphaug. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 30, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings.
Keena commented: “Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mr. Williams for their great loss." If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.
Keena thanked the Burnsville Police Department for their quick response to this incident. Keena also thanked the Bloomington Police Department, Eagan Police Department, Lakeville Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol, as well as the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office for their assistance in the investigation.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.