2 shooting deaths mark cold days on the East Side

Despite frigid temperatures, the East Side saw an uptick in violent crime over the past week.

The first deadly shooting was early the morning of Jan. 26. According to a St. Paul Police Department press release, a number of calls came in around 3:30 a.m. about a shooting at a house in the 400 block of Maryland Avenue. When officers arrived, police said they came across a “chaotic scene” of about 20 people, finding two who had been shot.

An adult man was brought to Regions Hospital and treated for his wounds. The other man, identified as 39-year-old Charles Eugene Frye, of St. Paul, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police interviewed some 20 possible witnesses, but no arrests have been made in connection to the killing.

On Jan. 29, St. Paul police officers were called to the 1400 block of Minnehaha Avenue East just before 9 p.m. on another report of a shooting.

According to police, when officers arrived witnesses told them that someone who had been shot had been taken to Regions Hospital. A man later arrived at the hospital who’d been shot in his upper torso. Life-saving measures were not successful and the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. As of press time, his name had not been released.

After the scene on Minnehaha Avenue was secured, police said they began searching the neighborhood around 10 p.m. Officers came across a man on the 1400 block of Sixth Street East who matched the description given by witnesses of the possible shooter. When officers attempted to stop him, he ran.

Police said they lost sight of the man as he went around the corner of a house and then heard a gunshot. Officers found the man on the ground; he’d apparently shot himself. He was brought to Regions Hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening. Police said a handgun was found at the scene.

The two killings were the third and fourth homicides of the year in St. Paul.


—Marjorie Otto

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