St. Paul mayor vows to 'mend the fabric' after shootings; charges filed against 2

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A rash of shootings in St. Paul had St. Paul's mayor promising Tuesday that the perpetrators of recent gun violence will be heading to prison and that the city will come together to heal.

Mayor Chris Coleman delivered Tuesday's State of the City address after young men had been shot to death in St. Paul each of the two previous evenings.

Though it was not part of his prepared remarks, FOX 9 says Coleman spoke about the gunfire of the past week, saying that on Wednesday he will join Police Chief Thomas Smith and leaders of the city's African-American community in calling for an end to the gun violence plaguing St. Paul.

(The Pioneer Press has a breakdown of nine separate shootings that occurred over four days.)

Charges in Mounds Park killing

The fatal shootings on back-to-back evenings started Sunday, when police say as many as 300 people were involved in a melee at Indian Mounds Park.

Two men were charged in connection with that shooting Tuesday. 24-year-old Prince Kavanaugh Williams of Minneapolis and Rashawn Donell Porter, 18, of St. Paul are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

The Ramsey County Attorney's office says both are charged with committing crimes for the benefit of a gang and Williams is also charged with rioting.

A dispute over gang names apparently led to the killing. The charges say 18-year-old Bobby Davion Collins was shot in the head after he and four other men accused a member of the Forever After Money gang of stealing their gang's name, the Pioneer Press reports.

Authorities say that man's girlfriend sprayed mace at the gang members, someone swung a tree branch, guns were drawn and witnesses reported hearing as many as 30 shots fired in the park, the newspaper says.

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Monday's shooting victim identified

No one has yet been arrested in connection with Monday's fatal shooting in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

The victim was identified as 31-year-old Charles Anthony Hudson of South St. Paul, MPR News says.

Hudson's girlfriend, Heather Lorinser, told KSTP: "Someone knows something that's not saying it, and we need to know. These killings are stupid out here."

St. Paul Police Sgt. Mike Ernstler tells the station the surge in gun violence is a serious problem and the department is rolling out a "shooting response team," which will have more officers responding to reports of gunfire.

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