Saint Paul police officers conducting a welfare check in the city’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood found a man dead from a gunshot wound Friday night.
The officers were dispatched to a senior living apartment building on the 700 block of East Seventh Street just before 7 p.m.
They arrived, made entry into the apartment and found the man, who is believed to be in his late 50s. Initially, it was unclear to the officers if the injury was self-inflicted or caused by someone else, but after members of the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and our forensic services unit responded and gathered more information and evidence, it became clear that someone had shot the man.
Investigators with the police department's homicide unit are currently working to determine what led to the shooting and who is responsible for the death. In addition, members of the video management unit are looking for any surveillance video that could help determine what happened.
At this time, no arrests have been made. Investigators do not believe the shooting was random and are asking anyone with information is asked to call them at 651-266-5650.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to positively identify the victim. This information, along with any updates on the case, will be released on the Saint Paul Police Department Twitter account, @sppdmn.
This is the 18th homicide in the Saint Paul Police Department's jurisdiction so far this year. Note: The shooting death that occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Green Line Central Station on Fifth Street was investigated by Metro Transit police because it occurred in that organization's jurisdiction.