Police arrest man over fatal shooting of woman at Mpls bus stop

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A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a bus stop in south Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Minneapolis police have confirmed that officers from its homicide unit executed a search warrant Saturday morning in south Minneapolis.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of probable cause murder and has been booked into the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center.

It follows an incident at a bus shelter near the Shell garage at Park and East Lake on Tuesday evening, which saw 28-year-old Wadena woman Jessica Denise St. Marie die from gunshot wounds.

It happened after an apparent “dispute” between the woman and the suspect on the corner of East Lake Street and Park Avenue, where officers found the victim "suffering from multiple gunshot wounds," Minneapolis police said in a news release.

Fifth death caps a violent few days in Twin Cities

A violent week in the Twin Cities claimed its fifth victim Friday afternoon, a day after shots were fired into a car that contained an infant in north Minneapolis.

In a news release, Minneapolis police said officers were called to the intersection of 27th Ave. N. and Lyndale at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday to reports of a man with a gunshot wound.

It emerged that shots had been fired into a parked car near the intersection with the victim transported to North Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. The man died on Friday, with more details on his identity expected to be released in the coming days.

Police say there were three others in the car at the time, including a baby in a car seat. The shooter has not been apprehended, and is thought to have fled northbound on Lyndale Ave.

It became the fifth fatal shooting in the Twin Cities in the space of three days: three in Minneapolis and two in St. Paul.

The Pioneer Press reports that Elija Doentae Larkin, 19, of Minneapolis, was killed outside New Bethel Baptist Church in north Minneapolis Wednesday evening, about 24 hours after St. Marie's death in south Minneapolis.

And in St. Paul, police have been investigating two killings in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood in the space of a 24 hours, with 37-year-old Synika George James killed in an alley on the 900 block of Reaney Ave. Wednesday evening.

This was followed Thursday by a shooting a few blocks away, which the Star Tribune reports led to the death of 24-year-old Emmett L. Wilson-Shaw. The two killings are not thought to be connected.

Police chief's concern

Without referring to specific shootings, community leaders told the Star Tribune at least some of the recent violence in Minneapolis is being attributed to a "bitter dispute" within the Black P. Stones gang, which has been behind "several shootings."

Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau said she is concerned about the spate of shootings, commenting in a press release Thursday: "We have witnessed too many senseless and tragic deaths."

"The common denominator in many of the homicides this year, including the 2 most recent homicides and this evening’s shooting in Minneapolis, is that people are 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," she said.

Police in both cities have been stepping up patrols in response to the shootings.

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