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Updated: 06/06/2013 11:29 AM
Created: 06/04/2013 10:50 AM | Print |  Email
By: Leslie Dyste

Ex-Wife: Suspect in Shoreview Shooting was Violent

Ramsey County has identified the two people who are dead after a shooting at a Shoreview home Tuesday as 57-year-old Nancy Sullivan and 65-year-old Johnny Lee Simpson.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide with Simpson as the suspect.

Two people who were injured in the shooting have been identified as 28-year-old Tony Brown and 29-year-old Kathleen Fay, both of St. Paul.

The incident happened at a home on the 5900 block of Grotto Avenue around 9:58 a.m. Tuesday. According to records, Simpson and Sullivan are listed as living at the home, and family and friends tell KSTP they were a longtime couple.

The shooting happened as Sullivan was moving out of the house she shared with Simpson.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office and Lino Lakes police responded to a 911 call reporting the shooting. When they arrived, they found the four victims.

Investigators say two movers ran from the house yelling for help. They were not injured in the shooting.

As of Tuesday, Fay was listed in critical condition at Regions Hospital. Friends and family say she is Sullivan’s daughter. Details on Brown's condition have not been released. Family members say Brown is Fay's boyfriend.

The weapon was recovered, which police say was a handgun.

Sullivan is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a Minneapolis firm. Colleagues at a Minneapolis law firm say their thoughts and prayers are with Sullivan's family.

The company released the following statement:

"We are greatly saddened to learn about the loss of our beloved law partner and colleague, Nancy Sullivan," said Peter Ekberg, the firm's managing partner, in the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy's family at this difficult time. She was an exceptional lawyer and a wonderful person. We will miss her greatly."

Ramsey County court documents show Simpson's ex-wife accused him of being violent during 2001 divorce proceedings and a custody battle.

His ex said, "When he is under stress or surprised by new facts he did not anticipate, he will respond in an angry and abusive manner."

In corresponding documents Simpson defended himself denying the allegations.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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