Saint Paul homicide investigators are searching for person or people responsible for a deadly shooting that occurred during the afternoon hours in the city’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
Officers were called to the home on the 700 block of Jessie Street just after 3 p.m. to assist Saint Paul Fire paramedics on an unknown medical situation. When officers arrived they were met out front by the 911 callers who said people were injured inside.
Officers went into the home and found three people suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Saint Paul Fire paramedics were called into the home and pronounced two of the victims deceased on scene. The third, a juvenile male, was transported to Regions Hospital and died of his injuries a few hours after arriving.
Officers secured the scene and began looking for witnesses and any evidence. Homicide investigators are working to determine who was there and what led to the shooting. The department’s Forensics Services Unit will be processing the scene with the hope to find physical evidence that will tell the story of what led to the deaths.
"This is a senseless tragedy that's left us all heartbroken—as police officers, as human beings, as members of the community," said Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell. "Moments like this are hard and painful. But maybe our city can take a small sense of comfort knowing that their officers are out there working as hard as they can—like they always do—for the victims, for their family and for everyone who cares about our community. And the investigators and officers will continue to work around the clock until they find the person responsible."
The Ramsey County medical examiner will positively identify the victim and determine an exact cause of death. This information, along with any updates on the case, will be released on the Saint Paul Police Department Twitter account, @sppdmn.