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Man dies after calling 911 to report he was shot while driving on St. Paul’s University Ave.

17December 2020

A man died early Thursday, about two hours after he called 911 and reported someone shot him while he was driving on St. Paul’s University Avenue.

His death was the second homicide of the week in St. Paul and the 32nd of the year.

Police responded to the man’s 911 call about 10 p.m. Wednesday and found him in his Toyota Prius in the southbound lanes of University and Snelling avenues. He appeared to have been shot in the chest, police said.

Preliminary information indicated that someone in another vehicle may have shot the man, according to the police department. No one was under arrest as of early Thursday morning.

Officers provided aid to the man and paramedics took him to Regions Hospital, where he died a couple of hours later.

Police cordoned off portions of the southbound lanes of University Avenue from Sherburne Avenue to a bus shelter just south of University Avenue, where the man’s car came to rest.

“Members of the police department’s homicide, forensic services and video management units also arrived and began collecting physical evidence, looking for video cameras that may have recorded the shooting and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to determine what led to the shooting and who is responsible,” the police department said in a statement.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call them at 651-266-5650.

On Monday afternoon, a 17-year-old died after he was shot in St. Paul’s North End.

The city has surpassed the 30 homicides that occurred last year. The most homicides in St. Paul on record were 34 in 1992.

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