St. Paul police identify victims of 3 different shootings

Updated: October 22, 2019 05:37 PM
Created: September 10, 2019 02:22 PM

Police in St. Paul have identified the victims of three different fatal shootings that occurred over a span of nine hours. 

Police were called at about 4:30 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue West on the report of a shooting. 


When officers arrived, they located a man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Tuesday, police identified the victim of the shooting as 18-year-old Raumez Ross, from Apple Valley.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said Tuesday that two 15-year-old boys have been arrested in connection to the shooting. Axtell did not release any further details regarding the arrest.

Police were called hours later after a man who was attempting to help at the scene of a crash in St. Paul was shot. The incident happened at about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Case Avenue East and Edgerton Street. 

St. Paul police investigate 3 homicides in span of 9 hours

Police identified the victim of the shooting as 31-year-old Javier Sanmiguel, from St. Paul. Sanmiguel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tuesday morning, police launched a homicide investigation after a man was shot and killed in St. Paul.

Police said officers were called to Regions Hospital at about 12:15 a.m. after two men with apparent gunshot wounds arrived by private vehicle. The driver, who had injuries that were not life-threatening, was treated. The other man was pronounced dead upon his arrival. Police identified the deceased victim as 27-year-old Nikey Taylor Jr., from Minneapolis.

Police learned the two were at the intersection of University Avenue West and Marion Street when another person in a different vehicle fired shots at them.

St. Paul homicide numbers, provided by St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders:

  • Of the 19 homicides, 17 involved gunfire
  • 10 people have been charged with murder (2 are pending)
  • In all, 14 people have been arrested in connection to the 19 homicides
  • 113 people shot in the city so far (17 have died)

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell's Five-Step Plan:

  • Starting Tuesday, Sept. 10, extra patrols that are typically off will be on-duty in each district
  • A task force comprised of investigators from units across the department who will focus on assisting with homicide and gang investigations.
  • New technology will be leveraged to help the department better review surveillance video in a timely fashion related to gun crimes.
  • The department will reach out to the state's Department of Public Safety, BCA, FBI, ATF and Ramsey County Sheriff's Office to ensure that all are working together closely to find suspects and hold them accountable.
  • Efforts ramped up to engage the public at every possible opportunity to make sure the people know they are safe. Focus on not losing everyone's collective sense of safety and security. 

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Police Chief Todd Axtell addressed the shootings, as well as other shootings that have occurred over the past nine days, Tuesday during a press conference. 

"Putting an end to these cycles of violence is our highest priority," Carter said. "Our police department, as well as my administration, are all hands on deck to convey to every person involved in these horrific crimes, as well as to every member of our community, that our city will never accept a week like this past week, nor a day like yesterday as our status quo."

During the press conference, Axtell said the department has initiated plan to respond to the number of shootings that occurred in St. Paul. Axtell said the department has stepped up patrols in each district of the city. He said a task force has also been assembled from across the department that will assist in all homicide and gang investigations. Plus, the department is working with new technology to review surveillance related to gun crimes.

Axtell added the department is working with state and local partners.

"And we are ramping up in our efforts to engage the public in every possible opportunity, in every possible way, to make sure they know that we are here, they are safe and that together we can prevent this kind of senseless violence from further chipping away at the collective sense of safety and security in our city," Axtell said.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story identified the victim as Javier Yanez. An obituary and GoFundMe has since identified him as Javier Sanmiguel. 

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