Mara Gottfried / St .Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- The first bullets whizzed past Jason Gatrell’s foot and he jumped. Then, the St. Paul gas station clerk heard another gunshot — this time by his ear. He hit the ground. He couldn’t get up. He couldn’t call out for help. Blood was spurting from Gatrell’s neck and he believed he was dying. When Gatrell was able to muster some words to his younger brother by his side, he asked him to say good-bye to his son and told him he loved him.
ST. PAUL -- How are teenagers getting their hands on guns? What’s making them scared enough or mad enough to shoot them? Those are among the questions that young people will be discussing at the Guns Down St. Paul – Youth Summit being held Saturday at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul. The event is open to youth, parents and community members.
ST. PAUL -- When a 10-year-old fell into the Mississippi River in St. Paul on Thursday, a teen went after him to help, but both boys ended up being swept away by the current. Nearby workers were able to rescue both boys shortly before 11 a.m. June 21. “They were not hurt, they were just cold,” said Deputy Fire Chief Stacy Hohertz. Paramedics evaluated the boys, who are believed to be cousins, and released them to a relative. They were on Raspberry Island when the 10-year-old was walking by the river’s edge and fell in, Hohertz said.
St. Paul police called to a fight on Monday night found more than 100 people involved and a large number of officers had to respond to break it up. At about 7:45 p.m. officers responded to reports of a fight outside the Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577. “It was very chaotic to the point where officers were asking for more officers to respond so they could safely intervene in the aggressive crowd that was actively fighting,” said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.
Police officers approached a teenager who appeared to be wearing the same jacket as one worn by a robber in a St. Paul case and showed him a surveillance photograph of the suspect. “That’s me,” the 16-year-old told the officers, according to a juvenile petition filed Tuesday. They then arrested him. The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Maurice Lamar Myles with simple robbery in the case involving a 57-year-old man robbed of his Microsoft Surface on a Green Line train earlier this month.
ST. PAUL -- A driver struck the Minnesota Department of Administration building on Tuesday afternoon, according to St. Paul police. People described the situation as "possibly an erratic driver" and there was no indication the situation was anything more than that, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.