East Side sees two homicides, two days apart

The East Side was shaken by two homicides on near back-to-back days during the last week of January.

The first took place the evening of Jan. 29 at a convenience store in the 600 block of Payne Avenue in the Railroad Island neighborhood.

St. Paul police said officers were called at about 7:30 p.m. on a report of a shooting. When police arrived, they found a woman, later identified as Lynnae L. Gallop, 37, of St. Paul, who’d been shot. Police attempted to revive her, but when paramedics arrived, they pronounced her dead at the scene. 

As of the morning of Jan. 30, police had said the department’s homicide unit had identified and interviewed the person who shot and killed Gallop, but no arrests had been made and police are continuing to investigate the killing. 

As of press time, the shooter’s name was not released.

The killing was St. Paul’s first homicide of 2018.

On Jan. 31, police were called at about 1:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of East Third Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood on a report of a shooting.

Police said that when officers arrived, they found a man who’d been shot. When paramedics arrived, they pronounced the man dead at the scene. 

Investigators said that some kind of a family dispute had happened before the shooting and that the alleged shooter, Justin Matthew Girling, 32, of St. Paul, and the victim are related. Girling was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed and was later arrested on suspicion of murder. 

At press time, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner was still working to determine the man’s exact cause of death and authorities had not yet released his name.


— Marjorie Otto


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