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Gun Violence In St. Paul: 3 Killed In 9 Hours
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – St. Paul police are investigating after three people died in separate shootings in a span of nine hours.

The first shooting happened Monday afternoon on the city’s north end, near the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue.

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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.

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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.

“Shooting across a street in broad daylight at 4:30 in the afternoon on the cusp of rush hour, people are coming and going,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. “Its an incredibly busy area. Schools are letting out, school buses in the area. … Another brazen shooting in the city of St. Paul and to say the least its maddening.

“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.”

St. Paul City Council member Dai Thao, who represents the area where Ross was killed, went to where people were gathered afterward. He said he would like to see community ambassadors in the North End, and more opportunities and resources for young people.

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.

Preliminary information about the Monday afternoon shooting showed the 18-year-old was walking down the sidewalk on the east side of Rice Street when shots rang out, apparently from the west side of the street, according to Linders.

Officers detained the 27-year-old St. Paul driver, who police said shot the 31-year-old man in the head.

Investigators said there were about 30 people in the area immediately after the shooting, some of whom may have witnessed what happened. They are asking anyone with information about the case, with video of the shooting, or who knows who pulled the trigger to call the department’s Homicide Unit at 651-266-5650. 

“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.”

According to police, at about 4:30 p.m., multiple 911 callers reported shots fired near the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue West. Officers rushed to the scene and found a man lying inside a corner store, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. 

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Axtell was expected to meet 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.”

Earlier this week, police called on the community to help solve and prevent cases like these. Saturday, a 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the Battle Creek neighborhood. Friday, shots rang out in the North End on Rice Street and Maryland Avenue.

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Axtell and Mayor Melvin Carter will hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the fatal shootings.

On Sept. 2, officers responded to a shooting near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue. Police also responded to a fatal shooting in a home on Ivy Avenue East.

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.

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“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.

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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.

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That’s the kind of man he was, Thompson said of his neighbor, who leaves behind a wife and four young children.

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“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.

Investigators note that there were approximately 30 people in the area immediately after the shooting—some of whom may have witnessed what happened. They are asking anyone with information about the case, with video of the shooting, or who knows who pulled the trigger to call the departments Homicide Unit at 651-266-5650.

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 Ramsey County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to positively identify the victim and determine an exact cause of death. That information, along with any updates on the case, will be released on the Saint Paul Police Departments Twitter account (@sppdmn) when it becomes available.

The force of the collision caused the woman’s vehicle to cross into the northbound lane and strike a parked vehicle, Ernster said.

At about 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, multiple 911 callers reported shots fired near the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue West. Patrol officers rushed to the scene and found an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds lying inside a corner store.

Eaton’s vehicle continued south on Edgerton and also struck a parked car on the northwest corner of Edgerton and Case.

Members of the police departments Homicide Unit are currently looking for and interviewing potential witnesses. The Forensic Services Unit is processing the scene for evidence. And so far no arrests have been made.

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.

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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.

Officers were summoned to Regions Hospital at about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 after two men suffering from gunshot wounds arrived in a private vehicle. Medical staff treated the driver for non-life threatening injuries. The other victim was pronounced dead upon his arrival.

On Tuesday at 12:15 a.m., officers responded to Regions Hospital where two men who had been shot arrived in a private vehicle.

The Ramsey County medical examiner will positively identify all three victims and determine exact causes of death. This information, along with any updates on the case, will be released on the Saint Paul Police Department Twitter account, @sppdmn. 

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.

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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