St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell is calling for a “full department mobilization” in response to three deadly shootings in less than nine hours. Three men were shot to death in the city between Monday afternoon and early yesterday. Axtell, flanked by Mayor Melvin Carter, says he hasn’t seen a more violent night in his 30 years with the department. St. Paul community leaders also spoke out against gun violence.
The Mayor calls the situation a crisis with 113 people shot so far this year. The chief says many of the shootings were sparked by young people who identify as being in gangs. Axtel outlined a five-step plan to curb the shootings with includes more officers; a task force to examine gang activity; new technology; working with partners agencies and more engagement with the public. Mayor Carter says his budget will continue investing in the police department. So far St. Paul has recorded 19 homicides compared with 22 in all of 2017.