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Minneapolis, St. Paul police both investigating deaths from Sunday night

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Late last week, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said she was concerned about the the recent violence in the city after three people were killed in a span of a few days.

At the same time, St. Paul police were investigating two deaths just blocks apart, both within a 24-hour span of one another.

Over the weekend, two more people were killed, and if both are ruled homicides it would bring the number of suspected slayings in the past week to seven.


Minneapolis police were called to the 3700 block of First Avenue South around 10 p.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. There, they found an adult male with gunshot wounds lying in the alley.

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The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but died from his injuries Monday morning.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, according to the release.

The department says officers and detectives are going through the neighborhood and talking to residents, and patrols to the area will soon be increased.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin the message with: TIP674.

It's the fourth suspected homicide in the city since Tuesday:

Jessica Denise St. Marie, 28, of Wadena, was fatally shot at a bus stop along East Lake Street Tuesday. A 50-year-old male was arrested Saturday.

Elija Doentae Larkin, 19, of Minneapolis, was killed outside New Bethel Baptist Church in north Minneapolis Wednesday evening.

– And 16-year-old Tyrone Rice Jr. was shot in the head while sitting in a parked car on Lyndale Avenue in North Minneapolis Thursday, MPR News reports. He died Friday; nobody is in custody as of Monday morning.

Last Thursday, Harteau put out a statement saying she's "concerned" about the "too many senseless and tragic deaths" recently seen."

The common link in many of the homicides, she says, is people "using guns in the heat of the moment to settle their personal disputes, making it virtually impossible for police to predict or prevent these acts."

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Over the weekend she spoke with WCCO and said in the interview:

“What you’re seeing now is those who were convicted with the early gang wars — their kids are now coming up. These folks are coming out of prison, so we are having those two worlds collide.”

St. Paul

St. Paul police on Twitter said late Sunday they were investigating a death near Beaumont Street East and Bedford Street, on the city's east side in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

It happened around 8 p.m., KARE 11 reports.

Friday afternoon, police said the victim was a woman; she was taken to Regions Hospital, where she died, KSTP reports.

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This would be the city's 10th homicide this year, the Pioneer Press reports.

Steve Linders with the St. Paul Police Department said they would be taking officers from specialty units and moving them to areas of the city where there's been more activity, the Pioneer Press reports.

St. Paul police have been investigating two killings in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood in the space of 24 hours, just a short drive east of Sunday's death.

Synika George James, 37, was killed in an alley on the 900 block of Reaney Ave. Wednesday evening.

– And 24-year-old Emmett L. Wilson-Shaw was killed in an apparent shooting a few blocks away Thursday. The two killings are not thought to be connected.

And on Oct. 5, 54-year-old Htoo Baw was shot and killed while unloading his car outside his Payne-Phalen home. His family is offering a reward for information about the incident, KSTP reports.

Earlier that same evening, another man was shot in the arm; he survived his injuries.

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