Suspect released, more investigation needed in shooting that killed dad, his 2 daughters

County attorney says more investigation is needed to determine how the suspect was involved in the shooting.
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Charges in in last week's shooting that killed a father and his two daughters won't be coming Monday as initially expected.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said in a statement it has reviewed the case, and "determined further investigation is needed to establish the extent and nature of [the suspect's] involvement in the events surrounding the triple homicide."

The attorney's office has returned the case to the St. Paul Police Department, adding "our hearts go out to the friends and family of those lost in this tragic incident."

The shooting

Wade Godron McIntosh, 47, and his two daughters, 17-year-old Olivia Felis McIntosh and 19-year-old Maria Alana McIntosh, were killed in an apartment on English Street in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul around 1 a.m. Friday, police said.

A fourth person was also shot, and as of last week was listed in critical condition at the hospital, with the Pioneer Press reporting she's the teenagers' mother.

Police identified two men who are believed to be involved in the shooting:

– Jeffrey Jemaile Taylor, who is Maria McIntosh's ex-boyfriend and the father of their 18-month-old child who was taken from the apartment after the shooting. He was found fatally shot near the scene Friday morning. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has ruled his death a suicide, St. Paul police said Monday.

– The second suspect – Taylor's 19-year-old half brother – was arrested Friday after being found in a shed with the child. He's the one the Ramsey County Attorney's Office was considering charges against.

The Star Tribune says police believe the McIntosh family was shot in a custody dispute over the 18-month-old daughter, Cheyenne.

Pioneer Press reporter Mara Gottfried says the 19-year-old has been released from Ramsey County Jail after the attorney's office's decision on Monday.

A vigil for the family

More than 150 people held a candlelight vigil at Lake Phalen Sunday to remember the McIntosh family and address the need for people to come forward if they're being abused by a partner, the Star Tribune says.

"It's such a tragedy out of nowhere," Corey McIntosh, a family member, told KSTP. "How can something like this happen? It's such a beautiful family and they were just murdered."

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) says it will be raising a "Live Free Without Violence" flag in honor of the McIntosh family this week.

As of last week, the MCBW said they've counted two intimate partner domestic violence homicides so far this year, not including the McIntosh family. In 2016, at least 21 people were killed in domestic-violence related homicides.

If you are being abused, you can contact the Minnesota DayOne crisis hotline at 1-866-223-1111. The hotline will help you find resources, including a shelter, advocacy, counseling and legal assistance, among other things.

For additional resources and information on getting help, click here.

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