Minneapolis man arrested in St. Paul shootings that killed 3, wounded 2 others

According to the city’s assistant police chief, Wednesday’s arrest of a suspect in a triple homicide in St. Paul allows families and neighborhood residents to start the healing process.

In connection with the shootings on Sunday that left three people dead and two more injured, St. Paul police and the FBI detained Antonio Dupree Wright, 41, in Chicago on Wednesday morning.

Regarding the circumstances behind the shootings in the Payne-Phalen area and if they are seeking for more suspects, police stated Wednesday that they are still conducting their investigation and are unable to provide any further information at this time. Wright resides in Minneapolis.

Mayor Melvin Carter issued a statement in which he praised the St. Paul police for their “tenacious pursuit of individuals responsible for the tragedy we suffered this weekend.” We can start to heal and move on because of their quick efforts.

Officers discovered Angelica Gonzales, 33, Cory Freeman, 42, and Maisha Spaulding, 44, dead inside a home in the 900 block of Case Avenue on Sunday after responding to a 911 call at around 4:30 p.m. A guy and a lady were found injured outdoors by the police. The two surviving victims were taken to a hospital by paramedics for treatment.

Investigators thought they knew who was accountable, according to interim St. Paul police chief Jeremy Ellison, who revealed this on Monday.

On Wednesday, Assistant Police Chief Stacy Murphy stated, “We recognize this arrest does not make sorrow go away. But it enables us to begin the gradual healing process together.

Wright’s case is being examined by the Ramsey County attorney’s office for possible charges.

According to a Minnesota Department of Corrections record, Wright was being monitored by the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation at the time of the killings after being released from prison for a narcotics offense.

In Minneapolis, he was accused of selling cocaine in the third degree and possessing the drug in the fifth degree in 2017, and a jury there found him guilty.

According to a statement in a Minnesota Court of Appeals judgment, the court used two armed robbery convictions from Illinois when he was 17 to determine his “criminal history score” for sentence. For the narcotics offense, he received a four years, nine months term.

According to Minnesota court records, Wright was also found guilty in 2014 in Dakota County of burglary of an inhabited house in 2012 and assault resulting in serious bodily injury and misdemeanor domestic violence. An accusation of breaking a protective order was dropped in the 2012 case.

He was found guilty three times of disobeying domestic violence no-contact or protection orders as a result of two 2013 cases and one 2014 case.

One of the victims’ mothers, Freeman, claimed to have last spoken to her son two days before. On Labor Day, he intended to pay a visit to Annie Freeman’s house in St. Paul’s Highland Park.

We discussed things that families discuss, she said. “How do you feel? Do you have any plans for today? Are you planning to spend the vacation here? Mom, are you going to cook? he asked. Of course I’m going to cook, I responded.

But about 4:15 a.m. on Monday, cops from St. Paul came to her home to break the terrible news. He recently reported that his 77-year-old mother had not slept in three days.

According to Annie Freeman, she has never overheard her son speak about the two ladies who died in the same house as him, and she has no idea whether or how they knew one another.

She said, “All I know is that my son is gone. My thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of the other victims.

The daughter of Freeman, who was a father, resides in the Twin Cities and is in her 20s. Cory, their sole child, passed away last year after being shot to death in Michigan at the age of 23, according to Annie Freeman.

“They tried to rob him when he got off work and went to get in his car,” she said. “And my grandchild was murdered.”

Annie Freeman recalled her last words to her son and their last exchange.

Love is so important, so never stop telling them that you love them, she advised.

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