Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recorded shooting homicides over the weekend — two for St. Paul and one for Minneapolis.
In St. Paul, 23-year-old Jadonn Isaiah Taylor was shot and killed just before 10 a.m. Thursday outside Target at 1744 Suburban Avenue. Police said in a statement that Taylor was transported by private vehicle to a nearby fire station where medics rendered aid, but he died on site. Police found bullet casings and broken glass outside Target. No suspects had been arrested at the time. Court records show Taylor had been placed on an early prison release program in February following a 2021 conviction on felon in possession of a firearm — his second conviction on felon in possession. His 60-month sentence should have left him in prison until at least late 2024, and court records do not specify the details related to Taylor’s early release from prison. Court records also state that Taylor was a gang member at the time he was charged in that case in 2020.
St. Paul added another homicide over the weekend on Saturday after an adult female was found with apparent gunshot wounds on the 2200 block of Hillsdale Avenue; she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said in a later statement that preliminary information indicated the killing was domestic related. St. Paul police identified the woman on Monday as Don-Shay Hardy, 38, of St. Paul, and said no arrests had been made yet.
The shootings were the 9th and 10th homicides for St. Paul this year.
In Minneapolis, a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a large gathering on the 1800 block of Russell Avenue North. Police said in a later statement that the shooting took place at about 4:27 a.m. following what they believed to be a verbal altercation. There was a report of shots heard at the incident address which was aired to police at about 3:10 a.m., over an hour prior to the shooting, according to dispatch audio. It’s unclear whether any squads responded to the report at the time. There was a Shotspotter activation for two rounds detected from the incident address just before the shooting was aired. No suspect details were aired at the time, and police said no arrests had been made.
Additionally, there were several other reported shootings in Minneapolis over the weekend, including a 15-year-old who was shot Thursday at about 5:30 p.m. at Marathon gas station on the 1100 block of West Broadway Avenue. The boy was privately transported to North Memorial Health Hospital, and police later told media that he sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. Police said the vehicle that dropped the boy at the hospital was a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was found about 30 minutes later abandoned at 39th and Lyndale Avenue North. No arrests had been made at the time.
Audio reported to be the gunshots from the incident was later posted online.
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Metro Transit police responded to another shooting in Minneapolis just before 2 a.m. Friday at the Franklin Avenue LRT platform at 1808 East Franklin Avenue, according to dispatch audio. The victim was reported to be shot in the abdomen. Information about the victim’s condition was not immediately available, and no public information was released by Metro Transit police about the shooting.
Dispatch audio also indicated that a 13-year-old boy with a gunshot wound showed up at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. About 30 minutes prior to the shooting report, police in downtown Minneapolis had aired that a vehicle was “rolling around shooting” near 10th and Marquette Avenue. It’s unknown if the two incidents were connected, and no public information was released by MPD on the shooting or the shots fired incident.
Another gunshot victim showed up at Fairview Riverside Hospital at about 3 a.m. Saturday and claimed he was shot in Northeast Minneapolis, according to dispatch audio. Further information was not immediately available, and MPD made no public statement on the shooting.
Another gunshot victim showed up at North Memorial hospital Sunday morning at about 11 a.m., according to dispatch audio. A deputy at the hospital indicated that the shooting may have occurred in Minneapolis near West Broadway Avenue and Fremont Avenue North. No public information was released by MPD on the shooting.
This article was originally published in the Twin Cities weekend crime recap. Read the full recap here.