Two St. Paul gunshot deaths still under investigation

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 26, 2012 - 8:54 PM

One of the victims had mental health issues and was considered a danger to himself and others.

A man found dead in a St. Paul yard Wednesday had a history of mental health issues that caused him to lash out at others, threatening them and gesturing with his hands shaped like a gun, according to court documents.

Mandela B. Jackson, 22, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound about 8 a.m. in the 800 block of Charles Avenue. His good friend, Jordan I. Hughes, 21, was found with an apparent gunshot wound about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Fuller Avenue and later died at Regions Hospital. Autopsy results are pending.

Police have not said that the deaths are linked, but Jackson's family said authorities came to their home looking for him after Hughes was found. The men were found about a mile apart, and were good friends who were talented basketball teammates at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis.

Documents from Hennepin County probate/mental health court show that Jackson's family took him to North Memorial Medical Center in April 2009. He was admitted as a psychiatric patient, and appeared to be hallucinating and unpredictable.

Jackson acted as if he was going to fight one of his brothers who visited him, and threatened other people on another occasion by motioning with his hands as if shooting off a gun, court documents show.

Jackson had schizophrenia and experienced "hallucinations, delusional ideas, disorganized thinking, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and suicidal ideation," court documents said.

His civil commitment was stayed in favor of medication, which he resisted, court documents said.

"He is very unlikely to continue with any psychiatric treatment voluntarily after he is discharged ... he or others are likely to suffer physical harm if he does not continue to receive psychiatric treatment," court documents said.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla said authorities do not believe the shootings were random, and they are not looking for suspects in either case.

The circumstances around the deaths are unclear. Padilla said police also continue to follow leads in the case.

Jackson's brother, Jibreel Jackson, said Jackson and Hughes were close friends and had been hanging out Tuesday night with friends. They met up in Minneapolis, he said.

Jackson's brothers found him in a friend's back yard. Jibreel Jackson said a gun was found near the body.

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708 Twitter: @ChaoStrib

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