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Week of gun violence rattles East Side
Within four days the East Side saw two people killed by gun violence.
On Sunday night, Jan. 29 a man was killed and another man was injured after a shooting outside the St. Paul Saloon, 1045 Hudson Road, in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
Then on Wednesday night, Feb. 1, a 16-year-old girl died from a bullet wound after someone fired a gun into a home in the Payne Phalen neighborhood.
St. Paul Saloon
Kareem Karel Mitchell, 34, an East Side resident, has been charged with one count of murder in the second degree for the homicide that occurred outside the St. Paul Saloon. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Mitchell also faces one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, which comes with a maximum sentence of 10 years.
At press time, Mitchell was still at large, and authorities believed he had fled the state. Mitchell has eight prior felony convictions — three felony DWIs and five drug-related felonies.
St. Paul police were called to the scene of the shooting at about 11:30 p.m. on a report of shots fired.
When officers arrived, they found two adult males outside with apparent gunshot wounds. St. Paul Fire Department medics transported the victims to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. One of the men, who was shot seven times, did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Because police are in the process of notifying relatives, they have not yet released his identity.
This was St. Paul’s second homicide in 2017.
Detectives have interviewed the second shooting victim, who was treated for a shattered femur.
The two victims were patrons at St. Paul Saloon, 1045 Hudson Road, that night, and the bartender told police that customers heard gunshots as soon as the victims left the bar.
In surveillance video from the bar, the two victims are reportedly seen “drunkenly grabbing” onto one another. A man wearing a gray hooded sweat suit approached the two victims and took a handgun out of his pants pocket. Another man stood nearby.
The criminal complaint indicated the video shows the man with the gun interacting with the two victims. At one point the victim who was killed moves toward the man with the gun, but the other victim pulls him back. A few seconds later, the man in the gray sweat suit fires at the men and they both fall to the ground.
The video reportedly shows the man walking backwards as he continues to fire bullets at the victim, who later dies. The victim who survived said he saw one man leave in a Dodge Charger and the other fled in a Chevrolet Tahoe.
One witness at the bar told investigators that he saw the victim arguing with someone at the pool table. He then saw the alleged shooter and a woman leave, and shortly thereafter the two victims left the bar. The witness said he heard the man who would later be killed say “he was going to take care of it right now.”
The police report said a woman accompanied Mitchell and his uncle to the bar that evening and she identified Mitchell on the surveillance video. Mitchell’s uncle reportedly said his nephew knew some people at the bar and was having a discussion with them near the pool table.
He did not recall any kind of altercation. When Mitchell’s uncle was shown photos of the victim, he identified the victim as having bought drinks for them at the bar and thought he had bought a drink for Mitchell as well.
In an interview after the shooting, St. Paul Saloon owner Alex Rivero said this was “definitely an isolated situation.” The bar, which re-opened under Rivero’s ownership about six months ago, has not had police called to it since it re-opened.
“We want to make sure [the bar] is a safe environment,” Rivero said. “If it takes me having to close my bar at 10 or 11 o’clock at night, then I’ll do that. A person shouldn’t have to lose their life.”
A 16-year-old life lost
On Wednesday night, Feb. 1, a 16-year-old girl was killed and two others were injured after shots were fired through a window into a home in the 500 block of Case Avenue East. The victim was identified as Sadeya Hall of St. Paul. Police have released few details about the incident, and a suspect has not been identified yet.
St. Paul police officers were dispatched to the scene at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Payne Phalen neighborhood.
When officers arrived, they found three injured people. Ambulances were summoned, and Hall was pronounced dead by paramedics.
An 18-year-old male and 17-year-old female were transported to Regions Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Homicide investigators are interviewing witnesses and working to determine what the circumstances were that led to the shooting incident.
St. Paul police continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the St. Paul Police Homicide Unit at 651-266-5650.
Marjorie Otto can be reached at 651-748-7816 or at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @EastSideM_Otto.