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St. Paul PD investigating second death in Dayton's Bluff area in 24 hours

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Police are investigating a homicide in the city's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, just one day after a fatal shooting just a few blocks away.

The St. Paul Police Department tweeted the incident Thursday happened at Phalen Boulevard and Earl Street, near the bridge, and in a subsequent tweet described it as a homicide.

The Pioneer Press reports it appears to be a fatal shooting, and happened around 7 p.m. when a group of people was crossing the bridge.

On Wednesday night, a man was fatally shot in an alley on the 900 block of Reaney Avenue. That victim was identified Thursday as 37-year-old Synika George James of St. Paul. About 90 after the shooting, a few miles away, there were more reports of shots fired.

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The victim in the Thursday night shooting will be identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

The Star Tribune reports witnesses say it was a drive-by shooting, but police haven't confirmed that.

St. Paul police crime statistics show there were 11 homicides in the city in 2014, and 14 each of the two years before that.

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