Thursday, September 07, 2006

St. Paul Robbery/Shooting

In a scene reminiscent of Minneapolis violence, a 15 year old boy has been shot in St. Paul, ostensibly as part of a robbery. KSTP News reports: "Teen shot behind St. Paul barber shop".

In what appears to be an attempted robbery, a 15-year-old was shot in the arm Thursday afternoon in St. Paul. It happened on University Ave. and Herschel St. and St. Paul Police say the suspect fled the scene.

According to initial reports, the boy was walking home from a nearby school and walked into a barber shop to inquire about prices. A few minutes later, according to police, the boy came back into the barber shop saying he'd been shot and robbed in the alley behind the building.

The boy is at Regions Hospital and initial reports are that he will be fine.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s with a slight build, wearing a Twins hat and red tennis shoes. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call St. Paul Police.
Robbery has been the scourge of Minneapolis and St. Paul this year, and this case is no exception. Will someone once and for all study the background of the robbers that have been caught and convicted so that we can learn where they come from, and if they are from out of state, what draws them here?

That information is obviously not available to the general public, so we need to depend on law enforcement or prosecutorial authorities to make the data available.

What is there to hide?

[Graphic courtesy KSTP News]