By Jeff Wagner

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man was killed late Saturday night after a shooting in St. Paul, authorities say.

The shooting occurred on the city’s east side near the intersection of Kennard Street North and Ross Avenue.

According to the St. Paul Police Department, officers responded around 11:15 p.m. on a report of an assault.

Upon arrival, officers found what they describe as a “young adult male” lying in the street. Officials say the man was suffering from a gunshot injury, was unconscious and not breathing.

Police tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. Fire paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

It’s an image Ahmed Hassan can’t get out of his head — a body in the road at the intersection outside his house.

“I thought someone passed out and he was drunk or something like that,” Hassan said. “Then I parked my car I went over to him and then he was in a pool of blood. So I was really shocked and I called 911.”

Hassan couldn’t believe a homicide happened on his block.

“This is a safe area, generally safe. We don’t have these kind of things,” Hassan said.

A family member of the victim said he was 19 years old. One neighbor told WCCO that he knew the victim as a young entrepreneur.

“I just know him because he had a clothing brand called ‘Splash’ so I bought his clothing brand and stuff to support him,” the neighbor said. “He’s always been a good person and influenced other people. So I don’t know like what was going on.”

The Forensic Services Unit is processing the scene and police are trying to find out what led to the shooting and who pulled the trigger.

Several homes near the intersection have surveillance cameras, so neighbors are hopeful the cameras captured any suspicious vehicles that might have been in the area between the time the victim was shot and his body was found.

The victim will be identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner upon completion of an autopsy.

If you know anything about this case, police are asking you to call 651-266-5650.

Jeff Wagner