St. Paul homicide update: Man found shot in vehicle was 23, from Minneapolis

20 March 2024

A man who officers found fatally shot in a vehicle in St. Paul last week was a 23-year-old from Minneapolis, police said Wednesday.

Devon A. Johnson was pronounced dead in Dayton’s Bluff last Thursday night. No one had been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.

Police responded to the 1300 block of Wilson Avenue just before 11 p.m. after multiple 911 callers reported gunshots and vehicles leaving the area, police said last week.

There was a vehicle in the middle of Wilson Avenue, apparently damaged from a crash, but no victims in the area.

Other responding officers noticed a vehicle being driven erratically about a mile away on Minnehaha Avenue near Frank Street. They stopped the vehicle and found that Johnson, who was a passenger, had fatal gunshot injuries, police said.

That vehicle also appeared to have recently been in a crash.

Police said they continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and are asking anyone with information to call them at 651-266-5650.

Johnson’s homicide was the fourth in St. Paul this year. There were seven as of this time last year.

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