St. Paul police investigating shooting that left man leaving Bible study dead, 2nd possible shooting

Updated: September 19, 2019 06:46 PM

A deadly shooting occurred in the area of Fuller Avenue and St. Albans Street North at about 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Police have identified the victim as 41-year-old RayVell Carter, of Roseville.

A relative told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS: "He was a great father and was teaching his daughter about God while he was growing his relationship with his family and God as well." 

A relative said Carter had been in trouble with the law but they were filled with pride because he had turned his life around. Another relative also described him as a really good person. 

Loved ones tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they're devastated and shocked.

St. Paul Police say the 911 caller was the victim's father. He reported a suspect had fired toward him, his son and his young granddaughter after they were leaving Bible study at a church in the area.

Carter's father, who has a permit to carry, pulled out a handgun and returned fire. 

Upon arrival, officers found a man with apparent gunshot wounds. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

1 killed in St. Paul shooting

Witness and long time resident David Goodlow said this is a tragedy. He described to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS what he heard and saw: "It was bang bang bang, and then a short pause and then 5 more shots."

Goodlow said he saw Carter's young daughter running for help.

"This little girl, a terrifying picture, I'll never forget, is running across the street, saying they shot my dad, they shot my dad, they shot my dad," he said.

"To imagine somebody going to bible study and coming out and getting killed, no," Goodlow added in disbelief.

Police conducted a search of the area for the suspect and anyone else who may have been hurt in the shooting but were unable to find anyone. As of Thursday evening, no arrests had been made. Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call the department at 651-266-5650.

The Ramsey County medical examiner is expected to release the exact cause of death.

"We're just thankful that no one else is injured," Steve Linders, spokesman with the St. Paul Police Department, said. "We are devastated by this homicide and we are working hard to find these people." 

Linders also said, "It's incomprehensible to think that someone would shoot into a group of people, leaving a church, in a neighborhood, it just makes absolutely no sense to any of us."

St. Paul police said the incident marks the city's 20th homicide of the year and the sixth in the span of 17 days.

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