Surveillance video captured a man shooting at a La Crosse woman who provoked him early Monday evening with a video posted on social media, according to La Crosse police reports.

Ramon Washington, 18, of Onalaska fired at Monica Thompson at about 4:40 p.m. while she was outside her house at 1008 State St., according to reports. One round pierced a bedroom window, but no one was injured.

Washington fled the shooting with Johnathan Berlanga, 20, Steven Brock, 19, and Devon Yang, 19, all of La Crosse.

Prosecutors charged all four on Tuesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, both with use of a dangerous weapon and as party to the crime.

Thompson, who has ties to the streak of violence in 2015 on the city’s South Side, used Facebook Live to taunt Washington on Monday, telling him to come fight her and that she was not afraid to die, according to La Crosse police reports stated.

Referencing George Miller’s 2015 death, Thompson said on her video post, “If y’all keep at like this, imma send y’all’s a— to where the f—- y’all homie at,” reports stated.

Deshawn Randall shot and killed Miller, 17, on Aug. 21 after a confrontation outside Thompson’s previous residence at 1313 Redfield St. Randall is serving life in prison but can apply for release after 25 years. Two days before the fatal shooting, Thompson and Randall threatened two women with guns, according to reports.

After Monday’s shooting, the four men fled in Berlanga’s Cadillac. Police arrested Brock, Washington, and Yang outside Yang’s house at 1327 Market St. and Berlanga in the 1200 block of Johnson St. after he ran from officers.

Under Washington’s seat was a .25-caliber handgun, according to reports. Police found a .22-caliber handgun in the trunk.

Washington, who has an armed robbery case pending in Vernon County, told police he doesn’t care who dies, District Attorney Tim Gruenke said in court.

“Do you want to say anything about bond?” Circuit Judge Elliott Levine asked him.

“I ain’t got s—- to say to y’all,” Washington said, repeatedly defiant throughout the short hearing.

Levine jailed Washington on a $50,000 cash bond and his co-defendants on $10,000 cash bonds.

The judge continued the cases until Thursday for the public defender’s office to find attorneys.

In the Vernon County case, Washington and two others broke into a house last year occupied by a grandmother and three children for a safe, according to the complaint. The grandmother said the suspects were armed and wearing ski masks.

Police did not release Thompson's Facebook video or surveillance video from a nearby apartment building that captured the shooting, citing an open investigation.


Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.

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