3 arrested in St. Paul gas station slaying

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 6:46 PM

The arrests came swiftly after a young man was gunned down Friday evening in the parking lot of a BP gas station on the East Side.

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Three men are under arrest in connection with the gunshot slaying Friday night of a 22-year-old man in the parking lot of a gasoline station at Maryland and White Bear Avenues in St. Paul.

The arrests came even before the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office removed the victim’s body from inside the BP gasoline station shortly after midnight. Police said the man was shot outside. Others at the scene had apparently carried or dragged the victim inside as the suspects fled.

Police had been called to the station at 6:30 p.m. about a man shot in the head. His sister, who later came to the station, said he was 22 years old, but declined to give his name. The medical examiner’s office would not release the man’s identity Saturday, and a police spokesman said no further information on the case would be released until Monday.

Police had recovered a handgun at the scene, as well as surveillance camera images.

Shortly after the slaying, two suspects were arrested at Regions Hospital, where they had arrived seeking treatment for one man with a gunshot wound to his arm.

A 21-year-old St. Paul man with a history of second-degree armed assault and drug convictions was booked into the Ramsey County jail at 10:18 p.m., along with a 21-year-old Eagan man booked into the jail at 9:53 p.m. The Eagan man has a prior drug conviction.

A third man was booked into the jail just before midnight. He is 18 years old, from St. Paul, and is believed to be related to the 21-year-old St. Paul man.

The Star Tribune generally does not publish suspects’ names until they are charged.

 

Joy Powell • 612-673-7750

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