Two men died and two suspects were arrested after a pair of fatal shootings that happened 10 minutes apart on St. Paul’s East Side.
A man was shot inside the Arco gas station on the 1100 block of E. Maryland Avenue around 9:15 p.m. Friday.
St. Paul police identified a suspect from evidence at the scene and witness interviews. Investigators later found a damaged vehicle at the house of the suspect’s parents, according to police dispatch audio. The man surrendered without incident and was brought to police headquarters for questioning. Charges are pending.
In the second shooting, gunfire broke out following a car crash 2.5 miles south, at Hwy. 61 and Burns Avenue.
First responders found a 40-year-old man suffering from six gunshot wounds — three to the lower abdomen and three to the leg — lying in the middle of the road, according to EMS audio. The man died at Regions Hospital.
A preliminary investigation determined that the victim and another man were involved in a nearby collision. Both drivers got out of their vehicles and argued before one man pulled out a firearm and fired several shots, Sgt. Mike Ernster said. The shooter left the injured man in the road as bystanders rendered aid, then fled the scene, according to police. He was arrested nearby.
The deaths mark St. Paul’s ninth and 10th homicides of the year — and the third straight weekend of fatal shootings.
Staff writer Ryan Faircloth contributed to this report.