The neighbors all thought they were wonderful people. Never, in a million years, would they have expected something like this.
Police on Sunday identified three victims fatally shot Friday at a home in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood.
Patrick Thomas McHugh, 55, of St. Paul, is suspected of shooting and killing his sister Mary Malicki, 58; her daughter, Kristy Malicki, 33; and his sister's husband, Clyde Malicki, 58, according to St. Paul police.
A fourth gunshot victim, Kathleen Dorgan, 56, who is also McHugh's sister, remained in stable condition Sunday night at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. All of the victims are from Cottage Grove.
McHugh is in custody at the Ramsey County jail. Authorities expect he will face criminal charges today.
The shooting happened at about 9 p.m. Friday at McHugh's house, 1825 Munster Ave. in St. Paul, where he lives with his 80-year-old mother, Kathleen McHugh. She was home at the time, but she wasn't injured in the assault.
The caller who reported the shooting to police gave Patrick McHugh's name and description.
When police arrived, they found four gunshot victims inside the house. Mary and Kristy Malicki were dead at the scene. Paramedics transported the two other victims to Regions, where Clyde Malicki died Saturday.
The problem: easy access to guns, their proliferation and acceptance in society. Without all that, Mr. McHugh, who lived at home with his mother his entire life and probably had no need of a gun, might not have had one. In that case the attack probably would not have been so deadly.
The solution: fewer guns.
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