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City of Saint Paul, MN

01/24/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2023 18:23

Our response to the tragedy at Oxford Community Center

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are deeply saddened by the shooting incident that took place on January 18 outside Oxford Community Center, which resulted in the hospitalization of a teenager. Our hearts break for this young person and their family, as well as our staff and the entire community, who are now feeling the impacts of this senseless violence.

As has been widely reported in the media, the individual that was arrested following the shooting worked at Oxford Community Center. On Friday, they were charged in Ramsey County District Court. The individual's employment with the City has been terminated.

We are committed to providing safe facilities and positive experiences, and we are devastated that something completely counter to our mission occurred at one of our spaces. We are dedicated to supporting all who are impacted by this tragedy and are taking the necessary steps to ensure something like this never occurs again.

To that end, Mayor Carter has ordered a comprehensive audit of policies, practices, and resources pertaining to public safety, staff training and discipline, and systems of support in our Saint Paul recreation centers. This process will be designed to center the expertise of residents and frontline staff, with our Parks and Recreation Commission serving as the primary focal point for public engagement. We will provide information and more specific timelines as the details of this process take further shape.

As we continue to prioritize healing and recovery for our community, our youth, and our staff, and until we address items that need to occur prior to reopening, Oxford Community Center will remain closed until further notice. Updates will be shared on our website at www.stpaul.gov/oxfordcc.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming you back into Oxford Community Center soon.

Andy Rodriguez, Director
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Last Edited: January 24, 2023