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3 Killed In Separate St. Paul Shootings Within 24 Hours

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Three people were killed in separate shootings on Sunday in St. Paul.

Police say a man in his 30s showed up at Regions Hospital with at least one gunshot wound around 12:15 a.m. Sunday. He was taken into surgery and died shortly after. Police detained the driver who brought the man to the hospital. The car he arrived in had bullet holes in the windshield. Police believe the shooting happened at a parking ramp on the 400 block of Jackson Street, and that the victim was targeted.

On Tuesday, St. Paul Police identified the man as 37-year-old Alexander Scott Christoff of White Bear Lake.

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The second homicide occurred at about 3:15 a.m. on Raspberry Island. A 911 caller reported a robbery and shooting, and when officers responded, they found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound. The man was taken to Regions, where he later died.

Monday, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 20-year-old Blake Swanson of Bethel.

The third shooting death happened Sunday night on East 7th Street and Mounds Boulevard, near Metropolitan State University in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood. Responding officers found an unconscious man in a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. The man later died at a hospital.

No one has been arrested in connection with any of the deadly shootings, police said -- which are the 19th, 20th and 21st homicides of the year in St. Paul.

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