Homeowner Shot After Interrupting Burglary In St. Louis Park

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) – Authorities are on the scene of an apparent shooting in St. Louis Park Thursday afternoon, according to St. Louis Park Dispatch.

St. Louis Park Police Chief John Luse said officers responded to a report of a possible shooting at 2:14 p.m. Thursday on the 9300 block of Cedar Lake Road. When authorities arrived, they discovered a resident who had suffered a gunshot injury. The victim was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.

A friend identified the victim as 58-year-old Eric Wright Zahniser, who is one of the registered homeowners of the residence. A man, with the same name, is listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Authorities said they believe Zahniser had returned home and interrupted a burglary in progress. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived. The suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and stocking cap.

He was believed to be driving a 1990s vintage Pontiac Trans Am or similar type of vehicle with blue flames or decals on the side and hood of the car.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call St. Louis Park Police at (952) 924-2618. Minnetonka Police and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office are assisting at the scene.

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  • Silverback

    But he was just starting to turn his life around? He was providing fooooooooo his baby momma.

  • Weird

    Sounds odd – the homeowner was fleeing and the guy shot him? Why world you draw attention to things. You busted by the HO or by the neighbors after the shot when they look out.
    Prolly way more here than meets the eye.
    And by the description he would truly stick out here. I live a block away

    • Redneck Purist

      He’d probably say he can’t find a job, so he has to steal. But who’s gonna hire some bro with dreads and his pants around his ankles. Not I, that’s fo-shizzy.

    • Obadiah

      It didn’t say the homeowner fled. It said the suspect fled before the police arrived. The only thing it said about the homeowner is that he was shot.


    CHRIS COOK ??????????

    • Billy

      I think your right

      • snoop

        There be too many of yo women to get everyone on that boat

  • Jake

    Now you all understand why that good samaritan shot that thug a few days ago in Mpls. I hope the homeowner makes a full recovery.

  • Billy

    The description of the burglar kind of sounds like Chris Cook, the one that strangled his girlfriend.

  • Sarah

    Wow, racist much?

    • Sarahs world

      @Sarah,wow you are a airhead.

    • correction

      Racism: Defined as hatred toward an entire race.

      Call us predjudice because that is, after all – the truth.

      Bimbo women like Sarah have no clue how to use their words wisely.

      • Leslie

        Before you go calling someone a “bimbo” who “can’t use her words wisely,” maybe you should be sure you’ve conjugated your adjectives correctly? Now you look like a bimbo.

        Many of the commenters on this thread have attributed the perpetrator’s behaviors to his race. That’s racism.

        • Bimbo white chicks

          Leslie meet Sarah. Two goofs.

  • Zing

    Speaking of diversity, how about you do something besides posting the same idiotic sentence on half the WCCO articles you useless couch surfing eunuch.

    • In Agreement!

      I agree Zing…always the same ‘pot stirring’ comment with Kevin…

      I’m sure now he will be back, but with a ‘new’ alias…

      • enough

        He’s trying to be the clever forklift driver.

  • Bryan

    Agree, you can be Nagy without the racism.

  • Mike

    Kevin, this great country was here with a non white native population thousands of years before white people invaded it, destroyed the culture and now claim it as their own. Diversity is a good thing. Your racial bias is despicable.

    • Amy


      • Faulkner

        Uh oh… more sad losers trying to sound enlightened.

    • just sayin

      Mike, even then, they were killing each other. And how dumb, those natives were never able to even invent the wheel. Kind of like their ability to work.

      • @just sayin' nuttin as always

        Well taught by the white invaders as they say. Don’t think booze was a staple in their diet and dude – WTH did they need a wheel for? They lived a nice clean life before the white folk said hey – “this is how we doing it from now on. And I like your land -and women too. They mine now” kapow
        Yes just sayin’ – you remain the dumbest frick on the internet. ;-)

  • Chris Cook

    Seriously folks…I wish I could say I was surprised when I read the description of the perpetrator.

    • surprise

      Not these days…you could put money down and bet every time that it would be one of those

  • Bp

    Nice low profile getaway car. What an idiot.

  • Garry Freeman

    we need that man from Texas to be our neighbor up here, He shot dead 2 burglars that was robbing his neighbors house.

  • Bill Clinton

    Shootin’ and stealin’. TNB.

  • Mr. T

    Too bad the homeowner didn’t have a conceal-carry permit and a firearm! We could have gotten rid of one more loser! Did they say the armed homicidal burglar was black? I can’t believe that would be the case! They must be racists!!!

    • Of Course

      Of course he was…nothing less these days…

  • likehellowowlikewhatever

    Nice overused catch phrase Sarah honey. I wish this was an age where every female didnt feel the need to talk like a valley girl.

    Wow, dingbat much?

  • c

    By the way, the word robbery was spelled wrong on the video update. But i want to say this is just sad for both those who are directly and indirectly involved……..

  • No, diversity ain't grand, so let's end it.

    Right-on And I know who the perp is – the description is PERFECT:

  • KegHead

    Hey, St. Louis drug store cowboys…..this is a house.

  • so grand

    Black people…. you couldn’t expect anything more.

  • not good

    Uh oh, when they leave Brooklyn Park and come to St. Jewish Park, now we have a problem.

  • blackie

    still don’t compare to what white people done to other races by far.

  • Leslie

    How horrifying. I hope the homeowner can recover.

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