The shooting of a 14-year-old girl in St. Paul has led to the arrest of the suspected shooter, who is also 14 years old.
St. Paul Police Department says a 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault. The girl, who was shot Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26) near S. Robert Street and Cesar Chavez Street, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police arrived at the scene around 4:15 p.m. Sunday and found the girl conscious and breathing but suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police have not said what may have led to the shooting.
Because the case involves a juvenile, the boy's identity has not been made public.
The Star Tribune reports that at least 13 people have been shot in St. Paul this month, including two fatal shootings. A recent arrest of an 18-year-old suspected of fatally shooting a 42-year-old man prompted St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell to issue a statement to curb future crime.
“This arrest is the culmination of a lot of long hours, intense focus and collaboration among our investigators, patrol officers and law enforcement partners," said Axtell. "It should send a strong message to anyone who has or is thinking about pulling a trigger in Saint Paul: If you do it, we will work tirelessly to find you and hold you accountable for your actions. It's what we do--for the victims, their loved ones and everyone else who is fed up with the violence our city has been experiencing."
A Jan. 25 report from the Pioneer Press said there had already been 64 reports of shots fired in St. Paul this month. That number has since increased, and is significantly up from the approximately 40 shots-fired reports in January 2019 in the city.
The gun violence follows 2019's 30 homicide cases in St. Paul.