A man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting outside a convenience store in Saint-Paul on Thursday evening.
Several people called 911 to report shots fired in the North End around 9.15pm and officers found a man lying on the street in the area of Maryland Avenue and Arundel Street. Another man was in a nearby vehicle.
The shooting of the men, who police say were in their early 20s, happened outside the supermarket in Maryland.
Paramedics pronounced the man on the street dead and took the other man to the regional hospital, where he was taken for surgery, police said.
No one was under arrest Friday morning and police asked anyone with information to call the Homicide Unit at 651-266-5650.
The police department plans to release the name of the man who was killed after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed his identity. His homicide was the 12th of the year in Saint-Paul.
STORE OWNER LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY
The owner of the Maryland Supermarket and Maryland Tobacco filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Paul last year, claiming the city council had effectively removed the tobacco portion of his store.
The city council gave several reasons for refusing to rezone the property last July, including that Maryland Avenue was “transforming into a more residential street” and citing 1,700 police calls and property visits over the previous three years, including including a homicide, according to a summary in an order filed by Ramsey County District Court Judge Sara Grewing in March.
“Such activity prompted homeowners to sell their homes and resulted in the placement of a police camera to monitor activity in the area,” the summary continues.
Business owner Ali Alfureedy said in his lawsuit that the city council was scapegoating his property for crime in the neighborhood.
Grewing granted the City of St. Paul’s request to dismiss two of the three counts in Alfureedy’s lawsuit. The remaining count, in which Alfureedy said the city council’s denial of his rezoning request for the neighborhood’s traditional zoning was a mistake, “will continue in the normal course of litigation,” Grewing wrote.