Suspect linked to St. Paul triple homicide arrested in Chicago

Police say a man suspected of shooting five people and killing three Sunday in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood has been arrested in Chicago.

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The 41-year-old Minneapolis man was taken into custody Wednesday morning as a result of a multiagency effort, including the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force, St. Paul Police Department spokesman Sgt. David McCabe said. The suspect has yet to be formally charged.

“I applaud our Saint Paul officers’ diligent pursuit of those responsible for the nightmare we endured this weekend,” Mayor Melvin Carter wrote in a statement. “Thanks to their swift work, we can begin to heal and move forward.”

Police say the shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon on the 900 block of Case Avenue East. Officials described it as “one of the most complicated scenes we have investigated in a long time” due to the number of victims.

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Three of the five victims were pronounced dead at the scene: 33-year-old Angelica Gonzales, 42-year-old Cory Freeman and 44-year-old Maisha Spaulding, all of St. Paul. Two others were taken to the hospital; police did not say how severe their injuries were.

Police say the victims’ deaths mark the 25th, 26th and 27th homicides in St. Paul this year.