MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —A family is looking for answers after a grandmother was shot and killed in a St. Paul backyard on Wednesday night.

The St. Paul Police Department says the shooting happened at a home on the 1100 block of Bush Avenue. The 911 call came in around 8:45 p.m. The caller told authorities that their mother had been shot in the head.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman who’d been shot, lying in the backyard. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene. It’s yet unknown if the victim, identified by family as Teresa Bearribs, lived at the home or what led up to the shooting.

“I lost my mom and I cried and I’m still crying,” Curtis Bearribs said. “This is my mother. Anybody who has any information on anybody that took my mom’s life, come forth, please, I beg you.”

He says his sister came home from getting groceries Wednesday night when she found their mother had been shot in her backyard. She called 911.

Three children — ages 3, 4 and 5 — were home at the time and were uninjured.

“it’s very scary I just think it could have been them too so I’m just thankful that it wasn’t,” son Tim Bearribs said.

Family members are left wanting to know who would shoot a woman they say was kind to everyone.

No arrests have been made. Police are asking anyone with information to call 651-266-5650. They do not believe the shooting was random.

St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders says this was the city’s 21st homicide of the year, adding that homicides are up 75% relative to last year.

“It’s been a difficult year for us in the city,” he told reporters early Thursday morning. “We’ve seen an increase in reports of shots fired by 134%, that’s a significant jump. We’ve had dozens of people struck by gunfire, and by the grace of god we haven’t had more fatalities.”

Teen Injured In Other Overnight Shooting

Another shooting Wednesday night in St. Paul left a teenager with a bullet wound.

According to Linders, the shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. on the 1700 block of Rose Avenue, about two miles from where the woman was killed.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy, suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He is expected to be OK.

Investigators say the teenager was walking outside when he was struck by gunfire. Emergency crews brought him to Regions Hospital.

No arrests have been made. St. Paul police don’t believe this shooting is connected to the earlier homicide.

This second shooting is also under investigation.

Jennifer Mayerle

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