The first shooting happened Monday afternoon on the city’s north end, near the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue.
An 18-year-old man, who was walking on the sidewalk, was struck by gunfire. Responding officers found him with grave wounds in a nearby grocery store, where he died shortly after.
The second homicide happened around 10 p.m. in the Payne Phalen neighborhood, at the scene of a four-car crash.
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Around midnight, two men showed up at Regions Hospital with gunshot wounds. Their car had several bullet holes.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell wrote on Facebook that he’s called a meeting with his executive team and will announce his plan to find those responsible for the violence on Tuesday.
“Last night was one of the most violent nights I have witnessed in my career,” Axtell wrote. “Three lives were lost, three families will never be the same and our community is waking to uncertainty and fear. Please know that the women and men of the [St. Paul Police Department] are working tirelessly to apprehend anyone involved in this violence. Please pray for the victims, our community and our staff who are exhausted from working extraodinary (sic) hours.”
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Homicide investigation underway after a man is shot and killed on Rice Street
Following the three recent shootings, the city’s homicide count for the year has climbed to 19.
A good Samaritan went to help people in a car crash Monday night in St. Paul and lost his life, police said.
Rice Street, a busy thoroughfare through St. Paul’s north end, was shut down near Winnipeg Avenue Monday afternoon as police investigated the shooting.
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Officers detained the 27-year-old St. Paul driver, who police said shot the 31-year-old man in the head.
“It has been a tragic week in St. Paul,” Police Chief Todd Axtell said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. “Last night was one of the most violent nights I have witnessed in my career. Three lives were lost, three families will never be the same and our community is waking to uncertainty and fear.”
Axtell said he’s meeting Tuesday morning with the police department’s top brass “to make sure all of our resources are aligned in an effort to apprehend those responsible and to prevent any further violence.”
Between Labor Day on Sept. 2, and early Tuesday, there were five homicides in St. Paul. At least nine people have been injured in shootings since Aug. 30.
“Its certainly possible,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. “Its rare to see this type of violence in such a short period of time, so its possible theyre connected, but until we find the people responsible, we wont know for sure.
After a series of vehicle crashes at Edgerton Street and Case Avenue on Monday night, Dan Thompson’s neighbor came out of his residence to make sure everyone was OK.
That’s the kind of man he was, Thompson said of his neighbor, who leaves behind a wife and four young children.
“This good Samaritan … came out to help,” said Sgt. Mike Ernster, who is also a St. Paul police spokesman. “Unfortunately, he paid for it with his life, and our heart aches for his family.
About 10 p.m., officers were responding to a crash involving several vehicles when they heard that gunshots were fired.
Witnesses reported the suspect — identified by police as Lionel Eaton — was driving south on Edgerton when he rear-ended a vehicle in front of him. That vehicle’s female driver also was heading southbound.
The force of the collision caused the woman’s vehicle to cross into the northbound lane and strike a parked vehicle, Ernster said.
Eaton’s vehicle continued south on Edgerton and also struck a parked car on the northwest corner of Edgerton and Case.
A man who lives on the block came out to try to help the people at the crash scene, Ernster said. Multiple 911 callers reported the driver — still in his vehicle — began shooting and fatally struck the man.
Thompson said he and others ran out of their homes when they heard the first shot. He ran toward his wounded neighbor and called out to him, but he could tell he “was gone immediately,” Thompson said.
The man’s wife also tried to reach her husband, but Thompson was worried about the driver still being armed in the car.
Thompson held her back behind another vehicle and the driver started shooting again — Thompson said he heard five to six more shots. They ducked and police arrived soon after.
On Tuesday at 12:15 a.m., officers responded to Regions Hospital where two men who had been shot arrived in a private vehicle.
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The driver was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening, but a front-seat passenger was pronounced dead. A back-seat passenger was uninjured.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, no one had been arrested in the latest murder and police were still working to determine if the fatal shooting was connected to the two others.
Investigators determined the men were in a vehicle at University Avenue and Marion Street when people in another vehicle encountered them and began firing at them, Linders said. Multiple bullets struck the car.
Taylor, who had a 5-year-old daughter, “was the best father,” said his mother, Milagro Rosario. She said she doesn’t understand why he was killed.
He wasnt into street stuff, so it makes it harder to accept this the way it is,” Rosario said.
Taylor’s older brother was the back-seat passenger who wasn’t injured, and their friend was driving. They were coming back from a friend’s surprise birthday party in South Minneapolis, Rosario said.
People take life for granted,” said Alfredo Rosario, Taylor’s uncle. “Its so easy to pull the trigger, but the consequences behind it … you leave a family suffering for what?
In addition to the three back-to-back homicides, police responded to seven confirmed reports of shots fired — with no one injured — in various parts of the city Monday and Tuesday.
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