Duluth teen charged with murder, new details about what led up to fatal shooting
DULUTH, MN -- A 17-year-old has been charged with murder after a fatal shooting left another teen dead in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood Saturday.
Duluth Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. near N. 16th Ave. E and 1st St.
According to the St. Louis County Attorney’s office, the 17-year-old victim went to an apartment building in that area, intending to fight the suspect.
However, after a “brief verbal exchange,” the suspect pulled out a pistol and shot the victim from several feet away before a physical altercation took place, according to the county attorney’s office.
The victim was taken to a Duluth hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder and possession of a pistol in juvenile court.
The county attorney’s office has requested his case be handled in adult court.
That decision will be up to a judge.
The suspect, who we have not identified due to his case currently being handled in juvenile court, will stay in custody at the Arrowhead Juvenile Detention Center. He’s being held without bail, which is customary in juvenile cases.
His next court date is July 14.
Additionally, police have not identified the victim, but according to his obituary with a funeral home, Xzavier Louis Aubid-St. Clair attended East High School, and loved spending time with his family.
Duluth Police are still investigating.
Anyone with information should call Duluth Police by either dialing 911 or 218-730-5050 to connect with the Violent Crimes Unit.
A statement from Superintendent John Magas:
Along with the rest of Duluth Public Schools, I was deeply saddened by the news of a shooting over the weekend that resulted in the death of a student. Our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one at such a young age.
Like Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, we are extremely concerned about the gun violence affecting our youth. Young people should not have to fear for their lives or have access to guns unsupervised. If there is a weapon in the house, we urge parents to speak to their children about proper gun safety.
According to Be SMART for Kids, there are an estimated 265 million civilian-owned firearms in the United States, and more than one-third of homes contain at least one gun. Gun owners can make our homes and communities safer by storing their firearms unloaded and locked, with ammunition kept in a separate place, to prevent access by children and other people who are at risk of harming themselves or others.
The Duluth Police Department has partnered with Be SMART for Kids (besmartforkids.org) to provide free gun locks to those in our community. Gun owners can pick up their free gun lock at the Public Safety Building, located at 2030 N. Arlington Dr. in Duluth. The Public Safety Building is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Too many young people have died in our community and around the county due to gun violence. Safety of our students and staff is one of our top priorities and there are many things we do to ensure safety in our buildings, but we can’t do it alone. Please support us in being part of the solution by talking with your kids and ensuring that your firearms are safely stored.
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