St. Paul police investigate 3 homicides in span of 9 hours

Updated: September 11, 2019 06:16 AM

St. Paul police have launched investigations after two shootings hours apart Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning, police launched a homicide investigation after a man was shot and killed in St. Paul.


Police said officers were called to Regions Hospital at about 12:15 a.m. after two men with apparent gunshot wounds arrived by private vehicle. The driver, who had injuries that were not life-threatening, was treated. The other man was pronounced dead upon his arrival.

Police learned the two were at the intersection of University Avenue West and Marion Street when another person in a different vehicle fired shots at them.

Police were at the scene of a shooting near University Avenue West and Marion Street. Three homicide investigations are currently underway from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.

The suspect drove away from the scene as the victims headed to the hospital.

Police said they are working to determine the motive for the shooting as well as identify the suspect. As of early Tuesday morning, no arrests had been made in connection with the case.

Hours earlier, Monday night, police launched a separate investigation after a man who was attempting to help at the scene of a crash in St. Paul was shot.

The incident happened at about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Case Avenue East and Edgerton Street. 

Authorities were at the scene of a shooting in the area of Case Avenue East and Edgerton Street. Three homicide investigations are currently underway from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.

St. Paul police said the suspected shooter first hit a vehicle in front of him. The driver of that vehicle then crashed into a couple of parked cars. The suspect continued driving. When he crashed again just down the road, another man came out of his home to help.

That's when police said the suspect pulled out a gun and shot at the man who came out of his house.

Police said the victim died at the scene.

"He came out to help," Steve Linders, with the St. Paul Police Department, said. "Unfortunately, he paid for it with his life. And our heart aches for his family."

The driver of the first vehicle the suspect struck is expected to be OK.

The suspect was taken into custody and police were questioning him Tuesday morning.

Police said they are investigating whether the suspect and the driver of the first vehicle he struck knew each other.

The two shootings occurred in the midst of a third shooting investigation that happened Monday at about 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue West.

St. Paul police investigating shooting death

That incident marked the 17th homicide in the city this year, according to Linders. With the incidents Monday night and Tuesday morning, there have been 19 homicides in the city this year.

"It's rare to see this type of violence in such a short period of time so its possible they're connected but until we find the people responsible, it's impossible to know for sure," Linders said.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call the department at 651-266-5650.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell called a meeting with his executive team Tuesday morning over the recent violence in the city. He and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter are expected to hold a joint press conference later in the day.

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