St. Paul police work to respond to string of recent shootings

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A sudden spate of shootings in St. Paul has the city's police department increasing prevention and response efforts.

Nine people have been shot in the past four days, the Pioneer Press reports.

Two people died: One after a fight and shooting at a large gathering in Indian Mounds Park Sunday evening (in which an arrest was made), and another Monday afternoon on the 400 block of Magnolia Avenue.

According to WCCO, there have been 30 reports of shots fired since Friday.

KARE 11 says police are putting more resources (including increased patrols in certain areas) into addressing gun violence in the city. According to KSTP, there are also specific response teams to follow-up on shooting incidents.

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Homicides in St. Paul

St. Paul’s first homicide of the year came about a month ago, when a 17-year-old was shot and killed. Charges have been filed in that case.

Since then there’s been a body discovered in a stairwell, a death that was ruled a homicide. Days later a law clerk was shot and killed while at work – one person was arrested and charged.

Monday’s shooting would mark at least the seventh killing in St. Paul this year. A Pioneer Press report shows there were 17 homicides in St. Paul in 2015.

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