2 children, 1 adult shot near Maplewood apartment complex

An Aug. 7 shooting in the 400 block of McKnight Road South in Maplewood injured three people, including two children, Maplewood police said.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection to the shooting, which happened around 5 p.m. in the south end of the city.

The victims were a 12-year-old boy from Maplewood, a 15-year old boy from St. Paul and a 21-year-old man. All three were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where their conditions were unknown as of press time.

The Associated Press reported tension between the victims’ families led to a hospital lockdown, which lasted 17 minutes. “We were briefly on lockdown, but it has been lifted,” the hospital tweeted the night of Aug. 7. “We did this out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our patients.”

Police say the public is not in danger and they do not believe the shooting was random. There are no other suspects beyond the man in custody.

Kathy McNaughton has lived across the street from where the shooting occurred for five years. She said she doesn’t feel safe after the violence but is thankful it wasn’t in her complex. McNaughton said children often play on the street and in-between the buildings.

“It was really traumatic,” she said. “Because the kids that were shot, you know, they were 12 years old — 12 and 15.”

Parents in the area said they are worried about the safety of their children. “We’ve got kids around the same age,” one mother said. “Of course we’re afraid.”

“I’m scared, but I’m not so scared in the daytime,” McNaughton said. “If I’m outside at the back, I go in at dark. I don’t walk around this neighborhood at dark for anything.”

She said she and others who live in the area can’t afford to relocate.

“I couldn’t move if I wanted to. These are inexpensive houses,” McNaughton said. “This is the only place I have to live.”

Still, the shooting didn’t stop her from enjoying a walk around the block with her dogs the morning after. 

Neighbors said police didn’t leave the area until around 4 a.m. on Aug. 8, after telling people they were safe to be in their homes. Police reportedly told those in the area to lock their doors.

 

–Amy Felegy can be reached at afelegy@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.

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