Homicide investigation underway in Frogtown neighborhood

Police investigation underway in St. Paul

Evidence markers littered Grotto Street overnight, appearing to show bullet casings on the ground.

St. Paul police say a man is dead after being shot in the city’s Frogtown neighborhood overnight.

According to police, officers were called to the area of Lafond Avenue and Grotto Street North just before 1 a.m. Wednesday for multiple reports of shots being fired, adding many of the callers said someone had been shot and vehicles were leaving the scene.

When officers arrived, they didn’t find a victim, but another call came in saying the victim was taken to Regions Hospital in a private vehicle.

Police say a man was dropped off at Regions Hospital and died shortly after, marking the city’s seventh homicide of the year. He was later identified as 41-year-old Robert James Brown.

Although officers searched for witnesses in the area, investigators are still piecing together what led up to the shooting, as well as a potential suspect, or suspects.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 651-266-5650.