Early morning gunfire on Saint Paul’s East Side and cascading 911 calls led officers to the corner of Payne Avenue and East North Street. That’s where they found two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds—both of whom later died at Regions Hospital.

The 911 calls started coming into the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center at about 3:35 a.m. Officers were quickly dispatched to a house on the 500 block of Payne Avenue and found both victims lying on a North Street sidewalk.  

Aid was rendered and St. Paul Fire medics were summoned. They transported both men to Regions, where one died shortly after arriving and another passed away about two hours later.

Now the Saint Paul Police Department is investigating the city’s second and third homicides of the year.

Investigators with the department’s Homicide Unit are looking for possible witnesses. Members of the Forensic Services Unit are processing the scene for evidence. The Video Management Unit is scouring the area for cameras that could provide valuable information about what led up to the shooting, who pulled the trigger and why.

As of Thursday morning, no arrests have been made.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the homicides to call 651-266-5650.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on both victims to positively identify them and determine an exact cause of death. That information, along with any updates on this case, will be released by the police department’s public information officer once it becomes available.

Last Edited: January 21, 2021