The search for a suspect in the killing of a 42-year-old St. Paul man has come to an end.
On Saturday morning, St. Paul police announced the arrest of an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of Larnell Brown:
The shooting happened Tuesday in the Frogtown area, in a busy commercial area with the Green Line light rail running past it.
Police responding to the area found the victim lying on Arundel Street just south of University. Medics arrived and took him to Regions Hospital, where he later died.
At the start of the investigation, police said they didn't believe the shooting was random, but it's still not clear what connection the victim and the suspect may have had.
The tweet says the suspect was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol during a traffic stop in Red Wing, about 45 miles south of St. Paul.
Police Chief Todd Axtell released a statement along with the arrest announcement:
“This arrest is the culmination of a lot of long hours, intense focus and collaboration among our investigators, patrol officers and law enforcement partners. 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."
According to the Pioneer Press, the victim left behind nine children.
His sister told the paper she doesn't know why Brown was killed.
The shooting came amid an ongoing wave of gun violence in the city, and serious attempts at city leadership to address it — including a proposal by Mayor Melvin Carter to invest $1.7 million in public safety.