ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two people died and six were injured in two separate shootings this weekend in St. Paul: One on Friday night in the West Side of St. Paul, outside the Wellstone Center, which houses El Rio Vista Recreation Center and the Neighborhood House; and one on Saturday evening in Frogtown, at Dale Street and University Avenue outside the Kings Crossing apartment building for low-income senior citizens.
In response, Senator Sandra Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), released the following statement:
“My heart aches for the victims of these attacks and their families, as well as everyone in our community, which has been shaken by this violence. Everyone should trust that they’ll be safe as they go about their lives, whether they’re outside their homes and apartments or attending events at community centers like the Neighborhood House in the Wellstone Center, which provides essential programs for families in need of support. I am encouraged by the strength and resolve of our community and the outpouring of support around these violent acts, as well as the swift action by the Mayor’s office and the Saint Paul Police Department.
“The Minnesota Legislature must take action and enact strong, evidence-based gun safety laws to prevent such incidents. We cannot accept gun violence as an everyday feature of life, in St. Paul, the State of Minnesota, or in the U.S.”