Police say the 18-year-old son found a gun and, at some point during the argument, turned it on his 45-year-old dad. The father died at an area hospital.
Neighbors said the family generally was quiet. And though they weren’t sure what the two had been quarreling about, neighbors did hear an argument followed by several gunshots.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon outside a duplex in the 1100 block of Bush Avenue in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
Bertha Sanchez, who lives across the street, said she heard seven gunshots at 1:35 p.m. When she looked outside, she saw the victim lying on the walkway leading up to the duplex.
“There was a lady there praying for him, hugging him,” Sanchez said from the steps of her house late Saturday afternoon, as her daughter, Catalina Lara, translated.
The victim — known to neighbors as Tyrone — was pale, but alive and moaning, Sanchez said.
Sanchez said that the victim and his family had lived in the neighborhood five to seven months and that there hadn’t been any disturbances or police calls to the house.
“The only thing I heard was arguing,” said Marissa Rodriguez, who lives two doors down from the victim’s home. “I didn’t think anything of it, so I shut the window. The next thing I know, my kids are saying, ‘The cops are here.’ ”
She saw paramedics take the victim away on a
stretcher. He looked limp, she said.
“I didn’t know the guy got murdered,” said Rodriguez, a soft-spoken mother of three. “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life.”
“This block is quiet. This is very unusual,” said Charmaine Cullom, who lives around the corner. “Mostly everybody on this block (watches) out for everybody. … This is too close to home.”
Maxine Hall just moved to Bush Avenue last week and didn’t know the victim or his family but called the shooting “shocking.”
“I heard screaming and hollering,” Hall said.
There was a woman walking up and down the street yelling, “Where did he go?” and “Why would he shoot his own father?” Hall said.
Police said the man was shot multiple times and died a short time later at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
His son had fled the home but was located and arrested without incident a few blocks away, police said. He was being held Saturday evening on probable-cause murder.
The identities of the victim and suspect were not released early Saturday evening, pending notification of family, Sgt. Paul Schnell said.
After the shooting, police tape surrounded the duplex. Officers tagged and photographed evidence strewn about the front walkway, including a winter
coat, gloves and what appeared to be a bloodstain.
Investigators have verified that there was some sort of domestic disturbance before the shooting but have yet to say what the argument was about or what the motive was.