Skip to main content

Three teens arrested for 'absolutely senseless' killing of St. Paul man

The 19-year-old was shot dead late Saturday night.

Three teenagers – two of them boys – have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a St. Paul man last weekend.

Marcus Johnson, 19, died at the scene after being found lying in the road near the intersection of North Kennard Street and Ross Avenue on Saturday evening.

Late Thursday, St. Paul Police Department confirmed that three arrests have been made, all males ages 16, 17 and 18.

In a statement, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell described Johnson's death as "absolutely senseless."

"I want to express my condolences to Mr. Johnson’s loved ones," he said, adding: "While we can’t change what happened to him, we can do everything possible to find the people responsible. And that’s exactly what we did.

"A lot of work went into this case, and everyone – patrol officers, investigators, our SWAT team and others – poured their hearts into the long days and sleepless nights to get justice for Mr. Johnson’s family. I hope it provides some comfort to everyone affected by this tragedy."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

An obituary for Johnson said he had a "passion and joy for life" and "made an imprint on everyone he met."

He was involved at Passion Church and volunteered with the Kids Ministry, and had started his own clothing brand, Splash Supply.

"He was ambitious in his business, academics, basketball, and anything he put his mind to," the obituary says. "He had the sweetest soul and a gentle smile. He encouraged others to pursue their dreams. He was unapologetically himself. He was generous, thoughtful, and beyond respectful."

A GoFundMe has been launched for Johnson's family to help with funeral and associated costs, and any left over will go towards combating gun violence. It has so far raised more than $8,000.

Among those paying tribute include Go 95.3 host Twin City Tone, who has known Johnson for 14 years.

"He always had a smile and always had positive energy," he wrote on Facebook. "He was literally sitting at my dining room table just a few short weeks ago telling me about his 2020 plans for Splash Supply Clothing. And now he’s gone. Cherish every moment and don’t take anyone or anything for granted."

His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Helene Houle Auditorium at St. Agnes School, St. Paul.

Next Up

DeShaun Hill

Cody Fohrenkam found guilty of Deshaun Hill Jr.'s murder

The 15-year-old was fatally shot on Feb. 9, 2022.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 12.15.23 PM

Gov. Tim Walz proposes $3.3B for aging infrastructure

Walz's borrowing plan comes days after the release of his two-year state budget proposal.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 8.43.35 AM

Children's Theatre Company actors lose belongings in damaging house fire

The fire broke out Tuesday morning shortly after the dryer had been started.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

Biden Admin. imposes 20-year mining ban near Boundary Waters

The moratorium is the maximum the Department of the Interior can implement without congressional approval.


Historic St. Paul building to be removed, put in storage after public outcry

The building was set to be demolished before community members spoke out against it.


Minnesota's COVID update for the week ending Tuesday, Jan. 24

Hospitalizations dipped for a second week in a row.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 11.19.03 AM

X-Golf to open 'flagship' location in south Twin Cities

The national franchise has over 100 locations nationwide.


St. Paul police

Man fatally shot in St. Paul, no arrests yet

It's the 18th homicide in St. Paul this year.

Marcus Rashon Johnson

Charges: Teens laid trap before robbing, fatally shooting St. Paul man

The boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged with murder.

Olando D. Franklin Jr.

Accused gunman in St. Paul drive-by killing arrested in Arkansas

21-year-old Anthony Boelter was shot dead the night of April 25.

Screen Shot 2020-02-16 at 6.52.29 AM

Late-night shooting leaves young man dead in St. Paul

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Man arrested in killing of St. Paul mother and her two children

A 30-year-old woman and her two children died in the shooting Saturday.

christopher todd

Teen charged with murders in Minneapolis, St. Paul, shooting of corrections agent

The 19-year-old is accused of killing 61-year-old grandmother Teresa Bear Ribs.

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.35.17 AM

Man killed in St. Paul house fire identified as father-of-three

Justin Slanina died in the early hours of Saturday.