Man fatally shot while driving in St. Paul ID'd as father-of-2, former lawyer

The 55-year-old was shot around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
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Jeffrey Mintz

A 55-year-old man who was able to call 911 after being shot while in his car Wednesday night did not survive, with police now trying to find out why anyone would shoot the former lawyer and father of two. 

Jeffrey A. Mintz was driving along University Avenue at Snelling Avenue in St. Paul around 10 p.m. Wednesday when he was shot. Mintz called 911 from his Toyota Prius, where officers found him suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his chest. 

Paramedics rushed Mintz to Regions Hospital where he died approximately two hours later, police said. 

The Pioneer Press reports that Mintz was planning to begin quarantining the next day to prepare for his daughter's wedding in two weeks. 

“Not sure why it happened or who pulled the trigger," police spokesperson Steve Linders told KARE 11. "Unfortunately, when we got to the victim there wasn’t anything that could be done, he was transported to the hospital where he passed away.”

The scene of the shooting.

The scene of the shooting.

The only thing police know at this point is that Mintz may have been shot by someone in another vehicle. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 651-266-5650.

According to KTTC, Mintz was a lawyer who worked for Wendland Utz law firm in Rochester before moving to St. Paul a couple of years ago. He also had a passion for music and theater, in addition to serving as the former director of the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester.

Lee Mintz paid tribute to his father in a Facebook post, calling him a "powerful performer," a "fiercely passionate and kind lawyer," and a "loving husband" and "immeasurably supportive father."

"My dad was many things but at the core of his being was a creative and passionate fella who just wanted to love and share joy with the world," Lee Mintz wrote. "Known by many for his passion for music and dance. Whether it was on stage as an actor or as a singer, or in the crowd as a supportive father / gene simmons impersonator, he loved making people smile."

Mintz's death marks the 32nd homicide in St. Paul this year. 

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