Authorities are looking into a fatal shooting in the Target parking lot in St. Paul.
On the 1700 block of Suburban Avenue in East St. Paul, a shooting occurred in front of a store.
Just before 10 a.m., officers were called to a reported shooting in the parking lot, according to the St. Paul Police Department.
Someone drove the victim, Jadonn Taylor, 23, of St. Paul, to a neighboring fire station as police were en route to the site. Despite the efforts of the paramedics, he was declared dead at the site.
Officers are asking around at neighborhood businesses for security footage and asking any witnesses to call the police.
“It’s very brazen, the fact that somebody would engage in a shooting in the middle of a Target parking lot at 10 a.m. on a Thursday is beyond anybody’s normal thought pattern,” SPPD Sgt. Mike Ernster said. “The fact that people are choosing to use weapons possibly to solve differences, or whatever they’re doing, is crazy.”
According to Jeff Helgeson, his wife heard what she subsequently identified as gunfire. They have lived in their home for 30 years, and Target is almost in their backyard.
“I was sitting at the kitchen table and I heard some people talking and I looked out the window and there were six cops in the driveway and two police dogs,” Helgeson said.
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He claimed to WCCO that law enforcement had gone there in search of a prospective suspect but had not found one.
Sgt. Ernster of the SPPD declined to say much about the inquiry.
“Our investigators are trying to determine the facts that led to the shooting and who is responsible,” he said
Target issued the subsequent statement:
“Following a fatal shooting in the parking lot of our East Saint Paul store this morning, we can confirm that all other guests and team members are safe. Our team immediately called 911 and secured the store. The Saint Paul Police Department is on-site, and the store will be closed for the remainder of the day as they investigate. Target will provide law enforcement with any information needed, and we will refer additional questions to them at this time.”
This was the ninth homicide in St. Paul this year, per police.
The Target will remain closed until 7 a.m. on Friday.
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For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.