A hail of gun violence in St. Paul began with a teen shot to death in a park Sunday evening and ended almost exactly 24 hours later when a 30-year-old man was fatally shot at an apartment in the city’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
Those 24 hours also saw six injured in shootings in the city. Since Friday, police logged more than 30 reports of shots fired.
In the most recent incident, at 6:45 p.m. Monday, police went to an apartment building in the 400 block of E. Magnolia Avenue, where they found a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Regions Hospital, where he died.
Police were seeking at least one suspect, according to scanner audio. Police also said a white Mercedes sedan “is involved,” and at least one officer on scanner traffic reported that the Mercedes was seen “earlier” at Indian Mounds Park, where multiple shots broke out during a large gathering Sunday night, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring another person.
It was not clear whether the shootings Sunday night and Monday night were related. “We’re still trying to figure that our ourselves,” St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster said late Monday. “We’re dealing with people who think it’s OK to resort to violence … with firearms to settle their differences, and we’re not going to stand for it.”
Ernster called the level of violence “outrageous.” He said residents will notice a “more robust police presence in areas of the city where shootings most frequently occur.”
A “shooting response team” will be created to respond to shots-fired calls and “the response will be immediate and the information gathered will be used to identify and arrest suspects and prevent further violence,” Ernster said.
Police arrested a 24-year-old man Monday morning in connection with the Sunday shooting and booked him on suspicion of murder.
On Monday about 1:30 p.m., police found two shooting victims at St. Albans Street and W. Central Avenue. They were taken to Regions Hospital and treated for noncritical injuries, police spokesman Steve Linders said.
On Sunday, police confirmed that one man had been fatally shot and later said there was a second victim in connection with the melee that broke out around 7:30 p.m. during a barbecue attended by about 300 people at the park, near Earl Street and Mounds Boulevard.
The man who was fatally shot was identified in various Facebook posts as Bobby Collins. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was treated at a hospital and released, said Ernster.
Linders said that there is no indication that the shooting is related to the many shots-fired calls that police received between late Friday and early Monday morning. In one of those incidents, a man was shot in the chin. On Sunday night, a man entered the CVS pharmacy at Snelling and University avenues with a gunshot wound to his arm.
The 24-year-old arrested in connection with Sunday’s shooting has a history that includes convictions for theft, marijuana possession and disorderly conduct. He had not been charged as of Monday evening. The suspect was arrested without incident at St. Paul police headquarters, Linders said, and there may be other suspects.
The Ramsey County medical examiner is working to identify the victim.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Paul Police are investigating a second shooting death n two days, part of a larger wave of violence that have authorities increasingly concerned. .
Just before 7 p.m. Monday, police were called to the 400-block of Magnolia Avenue East on a report of a shooting. Police say a man died as a result of the shooting. No one is in custody.
Earlier Monday, squads were dispatched to the intersection of Central Avenue and St. Albans on reports of gunfire. Two people suffered gunshot wounds. Their conditions are not known at this time.
Police say it is unclear if the shootings are related.
One person was killed and another was injured after a shooting at Indian Mounds Park in St. Paul Sunday night.
St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders says more resources will be dedicated to combating gun violence after nine people were shot in the city during a four-day span, including two fatally.
Linders adds that the department is increasing patrols in areas where shootings have happened more frequently, and creating a response team to more intensely investigate every report of gunshots, even if no one was injured.
St. Paul police say they have arrested a suspect in a shooting that killed a man Sunday at Indian Mounds Regional Park.
Twenty-four-year-old Prince Kavanaugh Williams of Minneapolis was arrested on suspicion of murder, police said Monday. Court documents reveal he’s a known member of the gang East Side Boys and has a criminal history. Police radio of the incident reveals suspected gang members were in the area at the time of the shooting.
Investigators have been working to piece together what led up to the shooting Sunday evening.
Trahern Crews, with Black Lives Matters St. Paul, stopped by the scene.
“As adults, we have to start loving each other so we can teach our children how to love themselves so they don’t kill one another.”
Police spokesman Steve Linders said officers were called to the area of Earl Street and Mounds Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on reports of fighting and shots fired. A barbecue was taking place at the park and about 300 people were reportedly there.
When officers arrived, they discovered a man, identified by friends as 18-year-old Bobby Collins, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, Linders said. Collins was pronounced dead at the scene.
His childhood friend Tysheana Ayler was at the party and by his side in the final moments of Collins life.
“I was the last person he seen, last person he breathed for.”
Monday, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS learned Collins was a promising basketball player while at Washington Tech Magnet school and planned to play college ball too.
Police said it was unclear how many shots were fired, how many people fired shots and how many victims there were.
In the place where violence took their loved one, friends gathered for a vigil and formed a prayer circle.
“The hard part is knowing there’s a mother out here who lost her baby to violence, to guns, to gangs,” Pastor Marea Perry, with Above Every Name Ministry, said.
On Monday, police confirmed a second victim had been treated and released from a local hospital. That person has not been identified.