A man was fatally shot outside a St. Paul convenience store Tuesday afternoon, the city’s third homicide this year.
Officers responded to the intersection of University Avenue and Arundel Street around 4 p.m. on a report of a shooting. They found the man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to emergency dispatch audio.
At a news conference Tuesday night, police said the shooting is not believed to be random. Police said he was shot on Arundel Street and taken to Regions Hospital, where he later died.
Two suspects reportedly fled on foot.
Police blocked off a stretch of University as investigators scoured the scene outside Sunrise Grocery, a small convenience store along the Green Line light-rail route.
Crime tape from a previous incident remained tangled around a lamppost.
The shooting continues a spate of gun violence in St. Paul that typically slows during the cold winter months. Nine people have been shot in the city this year, including two fatally.
“So, unfortunately, we are setting a pace that’s disappointing,” said police spokesman Steve Linders. “We are going to do everything we can to [stop it].”
Minneapolis has two homicides this month.