St. Paul residents working to heal after recent gun violence

Updated: September 11, 2019 07:55 PM

St. Paul is dealing with a rash of shootings. On Wednesday, neighbors said they're working to heal after all the recent violence.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said the recent violence is mainly sparked by young people.


It's been a busy four years for the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Juvenile cases referred to the office with the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon have spiked.

The city's most recent shooting happened down the block from Tony's Upholstery. Police were called at about 4:30 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue W. There, 18-year-old Raumez Ross, of Apple Valley, was found gunned down.

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Axtell and Mayor Melvin Carter released a plan to fight the increased violence, calling for bringing back off-duty officers for extra patrols. Also, a department task force would focus on solving the crimes, and using new technology would help review surveillance video.

Councilman Dai Thao represents the area and told KSTP he agrees with Axtell and Carter, saying something needs to be done to end gun violence.

"I plan to continue to meet with community leaders and activists in the coming weeks, as well as St. Paul Police Department and Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, to align our resources and investments in our youth," Thao said.

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